Faz in line for return – but Fin is a doubt

FIN WHITMORE is a doubt for Rovers tomorrow as they welcome Manzur to Port Soif.

But while the FNB Priaulx League’s joint top scorer struggles to overcome the injury which led to him being helped off against Belgraves a week ago, coach Kevin Gillease is relaxed in the knowledge that he has an ideal replacement and potential dangerous foil at his disposal.

Will Fazakerley is back in action and looking good said Gillease, who admits that while his forward options are numerous he can see the two powerhouses lining up alongside one another, even though it may be too early for that this weekend.

‘That’s something I’d like to do. I’d like to see them both in our attacking line,’ said a coach who is looking for his side to perform better than they did in the defeat to Belgraves.

‘It wasn’t one of our best nights. It was a frustrating evening, especially coming after the Saturday before,’ he said referring to the Saints result.

Against Belgraves, Rovers badly missed the busy James Grundy’s breaking up of play in central midfield which led to the Port Soif side’s central defence being left exposed far too regularly.

Grundy, who had picked up a dead leg against St Martin’s, will play against Manzur, and other than a doubt over Whitmore and the absence of Louis Falla with prolonged knee issues, Rovers have no new issues.

‘Fin is struggling,’ admitted Gillease.

‘He’s not 100% sure what’s wrong. His leg got caught under himself. It’s not a joint problem though. He didn’t train Monday.’

As for Fazakerley: ‘He’s looked sharp in training,’ said Gillease.

‘Potentially, it could be an explosive partnership with Fin.’

As for Manzur, Thomas Dodds is expected to make his debut, but Guernsey FC colleague Frank Tobin is again likely to be missing.

Kick-off is at 2pm.

Ahead of that game in which Rovers would close to within a point of leaders St Martin’s on level games, Belgraves will be looking to stay on the top two’s coat-tails with a win over Vale Rec at the Corbet Field tonight.

Meanwhile, across the road at Northfield, North will be hoping to leapfrog opponents Alderney with a second straight win in an 8pm kick-off.

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