WING-BACK Matt Parsons is set to be ruled out of Plymouth Argyle’s away game against Burton Albion on Saturday after the recurrence of a thigh injury.
It forced Parsons (pictured) to be substituted in the second half of the 2-1 defeat by arch rivals Exeter City at Home Park last Tuesday.
The Pilgrims have been handed encouraging news about the recovery of Lewis Alessandra from a hamstring injury, but the 12-goal striker will not be fit to face the Brewers.
Alessandra could be back in action before the Easter double-header away to Bury on April 18 and at home to AFC Wimbledon three days later – and possibly even for the visit of Oxford United next Saturday.
Parsons, 22, first suffered his thigh injury soon after signing a short-term contract with Argyle in January.
He has made nine starts for the Pilgrims, and been suited to the left wing-back role give to him by manager John Sheridan.
“I don’t think he has pulled his thigh (muscle) but he felt it again against Exeter,” Sheridan said.
“They are a horrible injury. I had one myself before as a player.
“We will give him the best treatment possible but I think he will be struggling for the weekend.
“It’s just one of those injuries where they do need rest, and you can everything other than striking a ball. That’s the problem he’s going to have.”
Alessandra was in fine form for Argyle until he was struck by a hamstring injury in the 2-1 victory over Chesterfield at Home Park on March 18.
Sheridan said: “I haven’t spoken to the physio but Lewi is running now, and he’s jogging.
“I think he feels good in himself. Everything is looking okay at the moment and I would like to think he’s pushing towards the Oxford game.”
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Luke McCormick could recover in time from a dislocated and fractured finger to be available for the League Two play-offs – possibly against Burton - should Argyle make it that far.
McCormick, 30, had an operation to repair the damage, which he sustained in the 1-1 draw at home to Mansfield Town on February 1.
That involved putting some wire into the ring finger on his left hand, but it was removed last month and there have been no complications since then.
In the absence of McCormick, Jake Cole has started the last 11 games for Argyle and kept four clean sheets.
For a predicted Pilgrims starting line-up, see Friday's Burton Mail.