No return for Cambridge United absentees for trip to Yeovil Town
U's head coach anticipating same group of players for trip to Somerset
Shaun Derry is expecting to have an unchanged squad for Cambridge United’s trip to Yeovil Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (February 3).
The U’s head coach had six senior players – Leon Legge, Greg Taylor, Piero Mingoia, David Amoo, Medy Elito and Jabo Ibehre – missing for the 3-1 defeat to Coventry City on Tuesday night.
And he is not expecting to see any of them return for the visit to Huish Park.
“We’re looking at the same group of players that went to Coventry,” said Derry. “I think when you’re looking at decisions that went against us [at Coventry] and six senior players that would either start or be on the bench, you’re thinking hang on a minute.
“A team of the stature of Cambridge United in League Two, we can’t afford to have that many players not involved.
“I’m not sure too many teams would have had six players missing from their travels on Tuesday night, but we have and you have to deal with it.
“I think there has to be some sort of understanding of why you sometimes get them results. We need our big players to come back.”
One of the biggest blows was losing Greg Taylor to illness, especially after George Taft had been brought in to bolster the centre-back options.
“You’re looking at a situation with a centre-half who is our most prominent physical centre-half in Leon Legge, and we know we’re going to be missing him for another chunk of the season,” said Derry.
“That in itself is a big worry, but that’s why we bought George [Taft] back because we’re hopeful he can build up a relationship with Greg Taylor and then Greg comes down with some sort of illness on Tuesday morning.
“You’re thinking well can you throw anything else our way, but you’ve just got to take it.”
Derry did have an update on Legge’s shoulder problem, that was sustained in a training session.
He said: “It’s a shoulder injury that needs a massive rehab on it, without an operation, which we’re thankful for but he’s been missing for three, four weeks and I think he’ll probably be missing the same period of time.”
And Amoo seems set for a longer spell on the sidelines with his troublesome hamstrings.
“We’ve seen David out on the field today [Thursday] and he’s just done a physical session with myself at the end of it but he’s still a while away from fitness,” said Derry.
“David needs to be in a more physical shape of form to get back involved with our group.”