Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper's jersey is up for grabs after return to fitness of Cole
Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Jake Cole has returned to training after sitting out the
3-1 League Two win at Cheltenham Town last Saturday because of an ankle injury.
His absence at Whaddon Road meant a recall for Luke McCormick, and now Argyle manager John Sheridan must decide between the pair of them for the visit of Rochdale to Home Park today.
Cole was hurt in training two Fridays ago when he saved a powerful shot from striker Marvin Morgan and twisted his ankle.
Sign up NOW for a 6 week training program starting in January 2014 and get a 30% discount!
Start a fresh in 2014 with a Personal Trainer! I come to you and design a program to achieve your goals!!
Terms: Within the Mid-North Devon Region. One Voucher per person.
Contact: 07855 055 682
Valid until: Friday, January 31 2014
Andrew Hannah, a 16-year-old apprentice, was drafted into the Pilgrims’ squad at Cheltenham to provide goalkeeping cover on the bench for McCormick.
Sheridan gave away no clues about who he would choose to be Argyle’s shot-stopper against Rochdale.
He said on Thursday: “Jake trained this morning and will be contesting for a place in the side.
“I won’t be chopping and changing the ’keepers. I don’t think that’s the right thing to do, but I’m very comfortable with whichever one plays.”
Sheridan did reveal defender Maxime Blanchard would be added to Argyle’s squad against Rochdale.
Blanchard was suspended for the first two games of the season after he was sent off in the 1-0 defeat at Rochdale in the final fixture of last term. He then missed the next two matches following the death of his brother in France.
Blanchard has returned to training with Argyle this week and Sheridan has been pleased to welcome him back into the fold.
Sheridan said: “It’s something Maxie has got to cope with. You wouldn’t wish it on anyone, to lose a member of your family, but hopefully football will take his mind away from the tragedy.
“At the same time, I’m sure he will still be thinking about it at this moment in time.”
Rochdale’s manager is former Argyle defender Keith Hill, who began a second spell at Spotland in January, having taken them to promotion from League Two in 2010.
Hill led Rochdale away from any threat of relegation last season and they eventually finished in 12th position.
Now a play-off push, at least, is their aim and they showed their capabilities during an exciting 2-2 draw at home to Chesterfield, one of the League Two title favourites, last Saturday.
Sheridan said: “Keith Hill plays good football – football the way I like it to be played.
“He has got some good young players and they always play with an energy and they try to take care of the ball.
“We have had them watched three or four times and they put up a very good performance against Chesterfield, but I think we have got the players who can compete with any team in this division.
“I have got to get that into my players. If they go out believing they are going to win a game, it can only benefit us.”
Meanwhile, Argyle centre-back Paul Wotton is making good progress in his recovery from broken ribs.
The 36-year-old did the damage in the season-opening 1-0 defeat away to Southend United on August 3.
Sheridan said: “Wottsie has started running, so he’s only probably ten days to two weeks away from being available to play.”
Plymouth Argyle (from): McCormick, Cole; Berry, Trotman, Nelson, Branston, Blanchard, Blackman, Richards, Hourihane, Alessandra, Boco, Blizzard, Young, Gurrieri, Reid, Morgan, Harvey, Vassell, Purrington, Lane.
Unavailable: Wotton (ribs), Chadwick (knee), Lecointe (knee).