Town nearly fully fit for Woking visit

Town head into Monday night’s home game against Woking with virtually a fully-fit squad, writes Mark Wood.

Cambridge United v Luton Town. Photos by Liam Smith. wk 11. PNL-141203-102053002
Cambridge United v Luton Town. Photos by Liam Smith. wk 11. PNL-141203-102053002

Creative midfielder Luke Guttridge will be missing with a metatarsal injury, while the only other players out are long-term injured duo Danny Fitzsimons and Jonathan Smith.

Boss John Still said: “Everybody obviously other than Smudger, Guttridge and Fitzsimons really everyone is fit.

“It was nice to have competition for places and the other night we brought three people on and two of them played a part in the goal.

“(Mark) Cullen for getting on the end of the header and Matt Robinson in the build-up, so that was nice.

“If we win and we achieve promotion there’s not one player that’s been part of this squad who can’t say he hasn’t played a part because playing your part is pushing other people in training, putting other people under pressure for their place, it’s all part and parcel of it.”

Powerful midfielder Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu has been struggling with an ankle injury, but Still believes that the blank weekend came exactly at the right time for him

He said: “I think this break is absolutely at the right time for him, if I’m being honest I do.”

The likes of Alex Lacey and Andy Parry are both now back fit and available, but with Steve McNulty and Fraser Franks in such fine form at the back Still seems unlikely to tinker at the back.

He added: “Lacey’s fit, but with the greatest of respect at the moment Franks and McNulty have been unbelievable.

“He’s (Franks) a good player, he’s someone I’ve wanted to try and get and the opportunity came and we got him.

He’s been terrific and Macca’s been for me, from day one, absolutely fantastic.

“The back four and goalkeeper have been brilliant.

“But Lacey’s fit and who knows what happens in football. Parry’s fit so he’s pushing on now.”