Injured York City captain Steve McNulty will be given every chance to recover before Saturday’s trip to Gloucester City – but if he does not, it presents a great opportunity for someone else.
This is the view of manager Steve Watson, who also wants to avoid adding to his medium-to-long-term injuries list, already occupied by Paddy McLaughlin and Dan Maguire.
McLaughlin’s rehabilitation is reported to be going well and he is expected back in training towards the “back end of next week”, though Maguire has undergone surgery and could be out for another six weeks.
McNulty, 35, was forced to leave the pitch just 10 minutes into Bank Holiday Monday’s National League North 1-1 home draw against Gateshead with a hamstring injury.
And Watson is not concerned about the severity of the injury, though he is wary of bringing the veteran back too soon.
This could mean he misses both Gloucester at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday (3pm) and Guiseley at Nethermoor Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Watson said: “The reason we brought in Josh King and Harry Spratt was if Joe (Tait), Macca or Newts (Sean Newton) did have an injury.
“We won’t have somebody with Macca’s experience waiting in the wings but, being a young player who came into a first-team environment at 16, I could have sunk or swum, and it’s the same with every other lad.”