Team news: Dagenham & Redbridge v Chester
PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 February 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge are expected to stick with the same line-up or make minimal changes for the Chester match this weekend.
The Daggers welcome strugglers Chester to Victoria Road on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Dover Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Manager John Still admits options are thin and they’re not likely to make many changes if any at all for the clash.
He also revealed transfer business is out of his hands but hopes they can hold onto the squad they have.
“It’s completely out of my hands, if the football club says look we’ve got to do this, then we have to do it,” Still said.
“For the football team I think it’s important now that we try keep what we have got here because we haven’t got many changes available to us.”
Midfielder Andre Boucaud will serve the last match on his FA Charge suspension this weekend and Still reveals midfield and defensive options are slim.
“Andre is suspended and if Charlee Adams comes out or Luke Howell or Matt Robinson, we’ve only got the youth to go in.
“If we lose a defender we have Bondz N’Gala, we’re really down on numbers and if we lost anybody it’s a problem.”
Still also revealed the club couldn’t even turn to loan signings if they were to encounter injuries or suspensions.
“The problem is in our situation we’re not allowed to loan, we can’t even take a free loan, so if we went to any club.
“If we went to West Ham or Tottenham and said look have you got a young player that might like some games we still can’t do it.
“We have to dig into what we’ve got in the youth department for the changes we might have to make.
“That is the one thing that hopefully will not go against us, is injuries because our squad is thin, we made a change with two forwards the other night when you normally play with three or four.
“The ones that weren’t playing Michael Cheek and Chike Kandi both come on and outside of that we don’t have anything apart from going into the youth.”
He also revealed Jordy Mongoy is currently out injured leaving them no attacking options outside of the match day squad and believes they may have to turn to the youth ranks occasionally.
“Jordy Mongoy, who is a first-year pro, has been out injured for a long time and is not ready to come back.
“In midfield we have Elliot Bonds, a youth player, who is the only other option we really have and defensively we’ve really got Liam Gordon and Bondz N’Gala so we’re really struggling for numbers if we were to lose somebody else.”
The former Luton Town boss says the club have not told him of anymore possible player sales and he’s hoping no more are heading for the exit door.
“At the moment the club hasn’t indicated we will, if Michael had gone, he would have but he decided he wanted to stay, which I’m delighted about.
“We can’t really afford to lose any players at all.”