By George Williamson
Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon will be without a number of key players for this weekend’s trip to Maidstone United.
The Super Whites will be looking to move on swiftly from Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat to table-toppers Macclesfield Town, but they’ll be without Evan Gumbs, Jake Kirby and a number of as-yet unnamed first-team players for the contest.
Maidstone United play on an artificial surface, and Mellon strongly hinted that a couple of players will be unavailable as a result.
He said: “Some players won’t be available for that game, that’s for sure.
“We don’t want to give anything away, but there are people who won’t be able to play on that surface.
“It’s just the way it is, it’s down to them as individuals, they suffer after they play on it.
“With so many important games still to come we don’t want to lose anybody now.
“But it won’t be a reaction to (Tuesday’s defeat), we always had in mind that we don’t want certain players to play on that surface as they’ve made us aware it’d be difficult for them to do that.”
We’ll have to wait until Saturday to find out who those players are, but Mellon also confirmed that Gumbs and Kirby will also be unavailable for the foreseeable future after they picked up long-term injuries this week.
He said: “Evan Gumbs has got a broken leg and Jake Kirby has Medial Ligament damage, that’s quite self explanatory really.
“Evan broke his leg on Monday in training, he’s in a pot at the minute.
“On Thursday he’s going to see the specialist so we’ll make sure he gets what he needs to so that we get a fine young man and good player back on his feet as quickly as possible.
“(Kirby) has Medial Knee Ligament Damage now so he’s in a brace as well.”
🗣MM: “Evan Gumbs broke his leg yesterday and Jake Kirby has ligament damage in his knee.” #TRFC
— Tranmere Talk (@TranmereTalk) February 20, 2018