05:45 Friday 13 December 2013

Gary Rowett says Burton Albion will be careful with Adam McGurk

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GARY Rowett says Burton Albion will not take any risks with Adam McGurk, and revealed the striker has to be “symptom free” before he can be considered for selection tomorrow.

McGurk was knocked unconscious during the Brewers’ 1-1 draw at Fleetwood last weekend, and although the 24-year-old is not thought to have suffered any lasting damage, rules around concussions are very strict.

And unless he passes every test required of him, he will not be included in the squad for the visit of York City to the Pirelli Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

“Adam is okay after Saturday,” said Rowett.

“It’s just a stage by stage process that he has to go through now to make sure everything is okay.

“And if he gets through every stage, he would be passed fit for Saturday.

“But he would have to be symptom free.”

Rowett admits that top goalscorer McGurk would be missed, but said: “Any risk, then obviously we err on the side of caution.

“There are about 20 things he has to get through, and hopefully he will but it’s not an easy one.

“It would be a massive blow if he didn’t make it, as he’s our top goalscorer and pivotal to our style of play.”

Rowett is at least heartened that up front is one position in which he is blessed with options.

“We’ve got three good strikers fit and ready to start,” he said. “And Michael Symes is back in training now as well.”

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