Striker worries for Fleetwood Town

Jamille Matt
Jamille Matt

Fleetwood Town could be struggling in the firepower department with two striker ruled out of action ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Mansfield.

David Ball has no chance of playing any part in Saturday’s away day at Mansfield - a scan revealing his ankle injury was more complex than initially thought.

And Jamille Matt is also out of the equation – having himself taken a knock to the ankle in Tuesday night’s win at Chesterfield.

Alexander revealed Matt’s injury was nothing to do with the broken bone which kept him out for nearly four months but was a concern for the club’s medical team.

“Jamille’s taken a hefty knock on his ankle.

“It’s not damaged his previous injury, it’s irrelevant to that.

“But it’s on the same ankle and we’re just having to look at it day by day.

“It’s only been 48 hours or so and sometimes you have to wait for the swelling to go down to see how bad it is.

“Hopefully it’s one which just keeps him out for a couple of days.”

Matt was forced to carry on playing, despite his pain in Tuesday’s heartbreaking victory, Fleetwood having run out of substitutes.

And, despite his limited movement he played a key part in Jon Parkin’s winner, flicking the ball on from Matty Hughes’ cross

“It summed him up,” said Alexander.

“He was desperate to stay on and played a part in the goal.

“Hopefully it didn’t damage his ankle any further but he’s shown real bravery, he was in some pain.”

Matt made his first start since the end of October on Tuesday night, filling the hole in the Fleetwood front line left by Ball, who last played against Chesterfield on February 4.

And there’s no end in sight to the striker’s injury-plagued season.

Alexander said: “Bally’s going to be out for another few games.

“We got bad news off a scan.

“That’s really unfortunate.

“It’s a weird injury and he’s gutted.

“He’s done great for us when he’s been fit.

“He’s had a couple of bad knocks and we’ll be without him again.”

Jon Parkin is once again likely to lead the line on Saturday, partnered by Sunderland loanee Mikael Mandron.

Better news comes the midfield where Steven Schumacher is making a solid recovery having had five stitches in an ankle wound, picked up in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Northampton Town.

He hasn’t trained this week and is unlikely to feature tomorrow but could return to training ahead of Tuesday’s game against Plymouth Argyle at Highbury.

Alexander said: “Schuey is closer it’s just a case of the swelling going down.

“As soon as he can manage the pain he’ll be fit to train and be a part of the team.”