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DEFENDER Curtis Nelson will serve a one-match suspension when Argyle play Bristol Rovers in League Two at Home Park on Saturday.
Nelson was sent-off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round tie at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.
Pilgrims’ boss John Sheridan thought Nelson was ‘harshly done by’ and considered making an appeal to FA disciplinary chiefs, but eventually decided against it.
Nelson, an ever present for Argyle this season, is set to be replaced at right-back by Durrell Berry, who was ruled out of the trip to Cheltenham by injury.
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Berry had been substituted in the second half of the 2-1 League Two defeat at Morecambe last Saturday because of a sore knee.
The 21-year-old is scheduled to return to training with the rest of the Pilgrims’ squad tomorrow.
Argyle were leading Cheltenham 3-1 when Nelson was sent-off for a foul on Steven Gillespie in the 60th minute.
Gillespie took the resulting spot kick and it was saved by Argyle ‘keeper Jake Cole but the ball rebounded to the Robins’ striker and he scored at the second attempt.
Cheltenham grabbed an equaliser soon afterwards and the tie ended in a 3-3 draw before Argyle secured a place in the second round by winning 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.
Sheridan told Herald Sport: “I think Nelse was harshly done by but I don’t think you would get away with it if you appealed.
“I don’t think you get away with anything nowadays.
“It’s something you would think about but I have been there and done it before where I have thought a player was guaranteed to get off it and he didn’t – and he got an extra game.
“I don’t even think it was a penalty from what I have seen now (on the match DVD),” continued the Argyle manager.
“I did on the night but that was because there were a lot of bodies and I thought Nelse was the last man.
“It’s just ridiculous how you get a suspension for trying to make a genuine attempt to stop someone from scoring.
“I’m still unsure about the rules. I have been to meetings in pre-season telling me what referees are going to do, and this that and the other.
“But then you see them give decisions all over the place.
“I see some bookings and then I see a bad tackle and they just have a chat with him and let him off.”
Berry usually plays at right-back but had been filling in at left-back recently until his early exit from the action at Morecambe.
Sheridan said: “Hopefully, he will train tomorrow. He’s improving day by day and he’s naturally fit anyway.
“He has missed the last two pre-seasons because of his knees and sometimes he’s going to aggravate them.
“He has been training day in day out since the start of this pre-season so sometimes a little rest for two or three days will give you that bit of relief and save you for the games.”
Meanwhile, centre-back Paul Wotton returned to full training today after suffering broken ribs in the season-opening 1-0 defeat away to Southend United on August 3.
Wotton, 36, is expected to play for Argyle in their reserves’ game against Torquay United at Plainmoor next Tuesday (2pm).