GARY Rowett is hoping to have Jacques Maghoma back to his “explosive” best this week.
The midfielder missed Saturday’s 1-0 League Two defeat at Cheltenham Town through a combination of illness and injury.
However, Rowett is keen to have the former Tottenham Hotspur player back in his side for Thursday’s televised FA Cup first round replay at Altrincham.
The Brewers boss said: “Jacques needs to feel fit and good about himself to be at his most explosive — and I’m hopeful that will be the case at Altrincham.”
Maghoma came off with an ankle injury in the second half of the midweek victory at Plymouth Argyle, but was also feeling the effects of sickness bug that had been doing the rounds at the Pirelli Stadium.
Rowett said: “There’s nothing too sinister about Jacques not being involved at Cheltenham.
“He was feeling a bit under the weather and then took a bit of a knock during the (Plymouth) game.
“Jacques is one of those who has played a lot of football so far this season and we just felt he was slipping away from being at his sharpest.
“It just seemed the sensible thing to leave him out for the Cheltenham game and give him a breather because he wouldn’t have been 100 per cent.
“He’s had the weekend off and I’m really hoping that he is able to make a full recovery for the Altrincham game.”
Maghoma was one of Albion’s scorers in their great escape against the Blue Square Bet North side 10 days ago when Rowett’s men had to come from 2-0 and 3-2 down to salvage the Moss Lane replay, which will be televised live by ESPN.
That was the Congo-born player’s sixth goal of the campaign, which is already two more than he scored in the whole of last season.
Rowett said: “Jacques is one of the key people in how we want to play, but it’s vital we keep him fresh, fit and firing on all cylinders.”
The Brewers will also welcome back left-back Damien McCrory, who missed Saturday’s game at Cheltenham through suspension.
ALBION have seats available on their official coach to Altrincham on Thursday, departing the Pirelli Stadium at 5pm. The fare is £10 and bookings can be made by telephoning 01283 565938.
ALBION Independent Supporters are also running a coach to Altrincham. It leaves the Beacon Hotel, Tutbury Road, Burton, at 5.15pm, and bookings can be made by telephoning 07826 230365.
THE Brewers host the under-16 Victory Shield match between England and Scotland at the Pirelli Stadium on Thursday, November 29, kick-off 7.35pm.