Varga Injury Concern
Stanislav Varga could be sidelined for the crunch derby match on Saturday against Preston North End at Deepdale.
A foot injury led to him being substituted in the second half of our last match against Wolves and it would appear that there has been a recurrence of the injury which could require an injection.
The gaffer will not know the state of play until the swelling goes down and they can assess the injury more fully. They could be in a position tomorrow to know if the foot needs an injection or not.
An injection would allow the on-loan defender to play to the end of the season but it would require the 35-year old to rest the foot for ten days.
Owen Coyle explained the situation as follows:
"It's an old injury that's flared up, just on the outside of his foot
"Normally it settles down but sometimes it does need an injection, which would need 10 days' rest afterwards
"But we don't know yet if that's the case.'
The Clarets gaffer is lucky in the sense that we have a number of options in the back-four and if Varga doesn`t make it for Saturday`s derby match, the obvious replacement will be Steven Caldwell.
Our captain has been out of action these past few matches and just recently returned from a one-match ban following a second yellow sending off in the recent game away to Hull. Although being available he has perhaps surprising been omitted from the sixteen in our last two games against Charlton and Wolves.
It is probably a testament to how well Varga has been playing that Caldwell has been unable to establish a place in the side. David Unsworth too has been preferred to Steven Caldwell as the defender selected for the bench. Caldwell however would appear to be the natural choice for a place in the centre of defence although David Unsworth can of course play there should he be preferred by Coyle.