Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan is says squad must stay in shape
Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan has moved to reassure his squad that they are all going to have a part to play this season.
The Pilgrims have 23 professionals available for selection for the League Two game against Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park today. That means five of them will not even be included among the substitutes.
Sheridan, however, has told his players it will be a “squad game” this season and he wants them to be ready to take their chance whenever it comes.
In conjunction with that aim, matches have been arranged for the next three Tuesdays so Argyle’s squad players can get run-outs.
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The first of those will be away to Exeter City in a behind-closed-doors fixture on September 17.
Argyle are then set to send a team to play Bournemouth in the first qualifying round of the inaugural Under-21 Premier League Cup on Tuesday, September 24 (kick-off time to be confirmed). There is provision for three older outfield players to take part in matches in that competition.
An Argyle XI will also be away to Southern League Premier Division side Bideford in a Devon St Luke’s Challenge Cup second-round tie on Tuesday, October 1 (7.45pm).
Those fixtures will follow a development squad game against Torquay United at Plainmoor on Tuesday, when Argyle came out on top 2-0, with both goals scored by striker Tyler Harvey.
Argyle have also played Yeovil Town and Bristol City in similar matches earlier this season. Sheridan said: “It’s important we get game time for the lads who aren’t playing on a Saturday.
“There is nothing worse when you train all week and you aren’t playing on a Saturday. It’s important we arrange games and keep those players on their toes, because it’s going to be a squad game throughout the season.
“I have made that clear to the players who aren’t in the team. They are going to be needed somewhere along the line and I want them to be ready.
“We have got three games arranged now, starting with Exeter next week, then Bournemouth and Bideford. Whoever isn’t involved on a Saturday will play in the games on a Tuesday. It’s important we keep them all nice and bright.”
Former Argyle winger Paris Cowan-Hall may miss Wycombe’s trip to Home Park.
The 23-year-old suffered a knee ligament injury in Wycombe’s 1-0 home defeat to Mansfield Town on August 17. The initial assessment was that he would be out of action for about four weeks. He signed a two-year contract for Wanderers in the summer, after leaving Argyle.