DEVON DERBY COUNTDOWN: Disrupted Plymouth Argyle are missing key man for trip to Plainmoor
EVERY TIME that Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher looks like he's homing in on a settled side, more injuries keep disrupting his plans.
And for different reasons he'll have to do without one of his key players, left winger Onismor Bhasera, for Saturday's match at Plainmoor.
Zimbabwean Bhasera has been claimed by international duty.
There are fitness doubts about several members of the squad, including new strikers Paris Cowan-Hall and Rhys Griffiths, while experienced targetman Nick Chadwick did not make the squad which did well to come from behind and beat Northampton 3-2 last weekend.
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In goal is former QPR and Farnborough goalie Jake Cole, who keeps local boy Ollie Chenoweth on the bench.
There is no more improved player at Home Park than right-back Durrell Berry, who started his career at Aston Villa.
Frenchman Maxime Blanchard is likely to start at centre-back, with Darren Purse (see Player To Watch) and Robbie Williams (Barnsley, Huddersfield, Stockport, Rochdale) at left-back.
Fletcher started with a 4-1-4-1 formation against Northampton, with veteran Paul Wotton sitting in front of the back-four.
Wotton, 35, who has played nearly 440 games for Argyle, may revert to a more orthodox midfield role with Bhasera absent.
Other candidates for midfield include promising youth product Luke Young, 21-year-old Conor Hourihane (Sunderland, Ipswich) and Argentinian-born Andres Gurrieri, signed from Burton in the summer.
Cowan-Hall, Woking's leading scorer in the Conference South last season, arrived as a striker, but he can also play out wide.
Welshman Griffiths finally grabbed his full-time pro chance at the age of 32 this summer, giving up his life as a fireman, after scoring buckets of goals in the Welsh League for Port Talbot and Llanelli among others.
The two really experienced strikers on the books are Ulsterman Warren Feeney, 31, and Nick Chadwick, 29, who is now back for his second spell with Argyle after a well-travelled career around the lower divisions.
Defensive options include ex-trainees Curtis Nelson and Jamie Richards.
In midfield Fletcher could turn to Joe Lennox or John Gorman, 19, on loan from Wolves.
Forward Alex MacDonald is on loan from Burnley, while Matt Lecointe, highly regarded, and Jared Sims are teenage strikers who have also graduated through Argyle's well-established youth scheme.