08:00 Tuesday 17 December 2013

Burton Albion v Fleetwood Town: Match preview

Written byTOM SLOAN

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ADAM McGurk is doubtful for Burton Albion’s FA Cup second round replay against Fleetwood Town tonight.

The 24-year-old striker missed Saturday’s 1-1 draw with York City after suffering after effects from the concussion he sustained in the original tie against Fleetwood 10 days ago.

Brewers boss Gary Rowett is hopeful of having McGurk back in the side tonight, kick-off 7.45pm, but will not rush his eight-goal top scorer back too soon.

“He trained this morning,” the manager told Mailsport last night. “We’ve got to assess him and he didn’t have any contact in training.

“He is still suffering some after effects from the concussion and we’ll have to assess that before the game.”

Chris Hussey is also doubtful with a gum infection and is on antibiotics, while Jack Dyer has a sore knee.

With the busy festive programme looming large, Rowett is tempted into changes tonight to give players a rest.

“When you play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, you’re always tempted to make changes,” he said. “When we’ve kept going with a winning team, or a team that isn’t losing, it can come to Wednesday morning and often you look back and think you should’ve changed it and freshened it up.

“The fact it’s a replay doesn’t change a thing.

“We’ll assess it as we always do when there are a lot of games in quick succession.”

Burton drew 1-1 at Fleetwood to set up the replay, with Billy Kee striking in added time to salvage a draw after the Brewers conceded late on at the Highbury Stadium.

In League Two, just a point separates the sides and they look closely matched in the race for promotion.

“There isn’t a lot between us,” said Rowett. “The last game was very tight.

“We know they are a very good side.

“Let’s see if we can come up with something special.”

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