SHANE Cansdell-Sherriff and Adam McGurk could both feature for Burton Albion as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Fleetwood in tonight’s visit to Torquay United.
Centre-half Cansdell-Sherriff has been out for a day shy of a month after breaking his cheekbone in three places in the 0-0 draw at Mansfield on New Year’s Day.
Striker McGurk, meanwhile, was laid low by the flu last week, but trained yesterday and will travel to Devon with the rest of the first-team squad.
“Shane trained this morning,” boss Gary Rowett told Mailsport last night. “He will travel with us but it’s a sensitive one.
“He had to have three weeks’ recovery and then he’d be back fit in the fourth week, which is this week, when he can have full contact.
“Again, the question with Shane is whether mentally he’s ready, but I don’t think that will ever be a problem with him. He could’ve played last week!
“So, do I leave him out of the squad for another week when he’s got just as much chance of it happening again on Saturday as he has on Tuesday?”
McGurk was missed at the weekend as the Brewers slid to a 4-2 home defeat against promotion rivals Fleetwood.
The 25-year-old front-runner will be in the squad tonight, kick-off 7.45pm, but the manager is unsure whether he will start or be on the bench.
“Adam had a really bad flu all week,” said Rowett. “He saw the doctor a couple of times and was in bed practically all week.
“He’s done a little bit over the weekend and trained yesterday.
“You want good quality players available so you can select your best team.”
Struggling Torquay are battling for their lives in the Football League and Rowett is trying something different on a ridiculously long trip for a Tuesday night.
The Brewers will stay over after the game to help them avoid a long journey back in the early hours of the morning which could potentially affect players’ recovery ahead of Saturday’s home game with Exeter.
“We’re going to stay over after the game rather than go down a lot earlier,” said Rowett.
“It’s something different. There’s no easy way to do it - if you’ve got a four-hour trip on a Tuesday night then whichever way you do it isn’t easy.
“Whether it’s right depends on the result!
“We’ll try it a different way and stay down there on Tuesday night and see if we can get recovered that way.
“But I don’t think that’s ever our issue, a lack of preparation.”
Rowett is now hoping to start another unbeaten run after Fleetwood ended Burton’s 10-game streak on Saturday.
“We’ve been on a terrific run,” said the manager. “Sometimes, a game like that spurs you on to start another run.
“Occasionally it makes you look at one or two things more closely.”
Michael Symes (knee) misses tonight’s game but should be fit for Saturday after a week with the medical staff at St George’s Park.
“We think we’ve got to the bottom of what the problem was,” said Rowett. “I believe if we can get Michael Symes fit he can have a big part to play this season.”