Plymouth Argyle delay decision on fitness of Paul Wotton
ARGYLE have delayed a decision until today on whether Paul Wotton will be fit to face Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow.
The 35-year-old had to be substituted during the second half of the 2-0 win at home to Cheltenham Town last Saturday because of a groin injury.
Wotton, who had been playing at centre-back, was replaced by Anthony Charles for the rest of the match.
The long-serving former Pilgrims skipper has not taken part in training this week, but coach Gary Owers refused to rule him out of making the trip to the promotion-chasing Staffordshire club.
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Owers told Herald Sport: "We will have a better idea on Wottsie today. You would never rule him out if he has got a chance."
Wotton has started five of the last six games at centre-back because Charles was hit by a groin injury of his own.
The 31-year-old former Northampton Town defender has now overcome that problem.
Definitely ruled out of the trip to Burton are long-term ankle injury victims Warren Feeney and Jamie Lowry, plus Swindon Town loan signing Lee Cox.
The 22-year-old midfielder will be sidelined for a third successive match after suffering a shoulder injury in Argyle's 1-0 Devon derby victory over Exeter City at Home Park on March 30.
Cox had been improving all the time for the Pilgrims until that setback.
Owers said: "His shoulder is still sore and I think he's having a scan or an X-ray. He's not in the squad for tomorrow."
Argyle are set to be captained again by 19-year-old Curtis Nelson as Conor Hourihane completes a two-match suspension.
Hourihane, who was banned after being booked 10 times this season, will be available for the trip to Chesterfield on Tuesday.
Owers said: "Conor has been in good form but the focus is always on the players who are going to play.
"The lads who came in last week did excellent and it's up to them to try to keep him out of the team."
In the absence of Cox and Hourihane, Nelson and Luke Young will almost certainly continue as the central midfield pairing.
With the suspension to Hourihane, injuries and defender Jamie Richards' loan to Dorset part-timers Weymouth, Argyle manager John Sheridan does not have a large squad to select from.
Owers said: "We are light in numbers, actually, so it's about looking after players during the week – keeping them sharp but making sure they stay fit.
"Hopefully, everybody wants to play at the minute."
Burton's probable starting line-up includes two former Argyle players, in left-back Damien McCrory and versatile attacker Alex MacDonald.
The Brewers' coach is ex-Pilgrims player, youth team coach, caretaker boss and assistant manager Kevin Summerfield.
Burton boss Gary Rowett recently attributed the presence of 54-year-old Summerfield as one of the main reasons behind his team's surprise promotion push this season.
MacDonald's three-month loan spell at Argyle from Championship club Burnley earlier this season came before Owers started to work with the first team under Sheridan.
Owers said: "I saw a little bit of him when he was here and, obviously, he has gone to Burton and done okay.
"But, with any team we play, we don't particularly spend too much time concentrating on the opposition. They have all got good players. What we do is the focus of our attention."