York City caretaker boss Sam Collins has admitted he is carefully managing Jon Parkin’s workload to avoid the veteran striker breaking down during the season again, report the York Press.

Parkin, 36, netted 25 times last term in 30 starts before a long-standing knee problem flared up and meant that he missed all but the final match of City’s eight-game run-in to the end of the campaign.

The Minstermen subsequently took five points from a possible 24 and alarmingly fell out of play-off contention.

This season, Parkin has only started a third of the Minstermen’s first nine fixtures, but the side are still to score a goal in 2018/19 without him being on the pitch.

Under Collins, meanwhile, the ex-Stoke and Hull forward is yet to start consecutive matches, with the temporary boss adding: “I understand the team hasn’t scored without Jon being on the pitch this season and he’s got goals throughout his career. When he came on for us (at half-time during Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Kidderminster), he had some good moments as you’d expect, but one of the things we are trying to do a little bit is to protect Jon.

“He’s not getting any younger and we’re trying to manage the situation with him.”

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