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Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still may rest Luke Guttridge for Maidstone United trip

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 November 2016

Luke Guttridge of Dagenham & Redbridge at York City (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Luke Guttridge of Dagenham & Redbridge at York City (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers manager said he had been hoping to rest midfielder at the weekend, but injuries stopped him from doing so

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still could rest Luke Guttridge for the trip to Maidstone United tonight (Tuesday), after admitting he wanted to do so on Saturday.

Speaking after the 2-0 win at York City, in which Guttridge scored, Still said he would not have started the playmaker had Matt Robinson, who failed a late fitness test, been fit.

But with Robinson expected to be back to face the Stones and the match to be played on a 3G pitch, a surface on which Guttridge tore his hamstring in August, Still may give the 34-year-old a break.

“Gutts is getting fit, but if Robinson had been fit we wouldn’t have played Luke as he needs a rest,” said the Daggers boss.

“He’s come back from injury and we’ve pushed him and pushed, but we probably would have rested him at York if we could have.”

Daggers will be hoping they do not slip up in Kent, having cut the gap to National League leaders Forest Green Rovers, who lost on Saturday, to seven points.

The Essex club also have a game in hand on Rovers and Still is looking forward to chasing down the title favourites in the coming weeks.

“It tucked it all up nicely. I told the boys before the game that Forest Green had got beat, so a long as we won it would be a great result for us.

“We are a game in hand, so if we can get to within four points of them, it tucks up nicely.”

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