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Molesley now an injury doubt after extending loan stay from Cherries

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

Plymouth Argyle's on-loan midfielder Mark Molesley (right) is doubtful for tomorrow's game  against Accrington Stanley after picking up a hamstring injury  PICTURE: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle

Plymouth Argyle's on-loan midfielder Mark Molesley (right) is doubtful for tomorrow's game against Accrington Stanley after picking up a hamstring injury PICTURE: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle

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Midfielder Mark Molesley is "touch and go" to be fit for Plymouth Argyle's long trip to Accrington Stanley in npower League Two tomorrow.

Molesley, who has impressed in the first four games of a loan spell from League One outfit Bournemouth, has a hamstring injury.

The Pilgrims will definitely be without centre-back Maxime Blanchard, who serves a one-match suspension after he was sent-off in the 1-1 draw away to Exeter City last Saturday.

Durrell Berry will return to the team at right-back, allowingCurtis Nelson to move into the centre of defence with captain Darren Purse.

Molesley's one-month loan from Bournemouth was set to end tomorrow, but has been extended for a further three games up to and including the visit to Bristol Rovers on New Year's Day.

Argyle manager Carl Fletcher admitted he had called on a favour from Bournemouth boss, and one of his best mates, Eddie Howe, to keep Molesley for longer.

It is thought the Cherries are still paying a large slice of Molesley's salary while he is at Home Park.

Fletcher said: "Mark is struggling for tomorrow. He has got an issue with his hamstring, so we are touch and go with him at the minute.

"I had to have a bit of time on the phone to Ed at Bournemouth to keep Mark on the same arrangement as we had for the first month.

"I owe him one, really. It's great he has let him stay here. It's ideal for them and for us. They have got a player they want to get games, and he's doing well for us so we want to keep him."

Argyle travel to Accrington having picked up four points from their last two games, with a 2-0 home win against York City coming seven days before the draw at Exeter.

Joe Lennox scored the Pilgrims' equaliser in the Devon derby at St James' Park and Fletcher has talked to the 21-year-old winger about extending his contract, which ends on December 31.

Fletcher said: "I want to keep Joe here. Hopefully, we can get something done. I think we are the same as every other club in the Football League – we are making sure our budget is right. You have got to sort it out through the League, and things like that, because of the salary cap."

Meanwhile, Fletcher was asked about his reaction to John Ward being appointed the new manager of League Two rivals Bristol Rovers this week, after he had verbally agreed to take on Argyle's director of football post.

He said: "That's life. You just get on with it and deal with the hand you are dealt. It's the same with players. You want a player and you think you have got them and then, the next thing you know, you haven't."

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