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Pilgrims hope to have Jenkins back for clash with struggling Wycombe

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

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On-loan Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins boosted his chances of playing for Plymouth Argyle in their away game against Wycombe Wanderers by taking a full part in training yesterday.

The 21-year-old was ruled out of the 1-1 npower League Two draw with Southend United at Home Park last Saturday by a groin injury. Luke Young was recalled to the starting XI to replace Jenkins, who had scored on his debut for Argyle the previous weekend in a 3-2 win at Morecambe.

Plymouth manager Carl Fletcher said yesterday: "Ross trained today and he should be all right. I was disappointed he didn't make it on Saturday because he had done well the weekend before, but I thought Luke came in and had a very good game."

When the Pilgrims set off on their trip to Buckinghamshire yesterday, Durrell Berry was not with them. The 21-year-old right-back will serve a one-match ban tonight, after being booked for the fifth time this season against Southend.

Fletcher was non-committal about who would replace Berry at right-back, but the most likely understudy is Curtis Nelson. The 19-year-old started the first four matches of the season in that role because Berry was recovering from a knee injury.

Nelson has not started a game for Argyle since he played at centre-back in the Capital One Cup second round tie at Burnley on August 28.

Fletcher said: "Nelse came back for pre-season and did really well. He has got his head down and keeps working hard, and that goes a long way.

"Nelse has probably been a little bit unfortunate not to play more games, but he's still young and still learning."

Argyle strikers Nick Chadwick and Rhys Griffiths both made their comebacks from calf injuries as second-half substitutes against Southend. That leaves Jamie Lowry (ankle) and Paul Wotton (groin) as the only players on the club's casualty list.

Wycombe have had a torrid time since winning 3-1 at York City on the first day of term, and are in 23rd position.

After winning at York, they have picked up only one point from their last seven League games, which came in a 1-1 draw at home to Cheltenham Town on September 8.

A 1-0 home defeat to Wimbledon on September 22 led to boss Gary Waddock being sacked and veteran midfielder Gareth Ainsworth, 39, taking over as caretaker manager.

His first match in charge saw Wycombe lose 3-0 at Dagenham & Redbridge, who had not won a League game all season before last Saturday's emphatic result.

Despite Wycombe's troubles, Fletcher will be taking nothing for granted tonight. He said: "A change of manager sometimes sparks a little bit of life into a team, so we are going to have to be wary of that."

Fletcher admitted the dismissal of Waddock and the caretaker appointment of Ainsworth made it a harder match to prepare for. He added: "With a new man coming in, you're not really sure how he's going to go with formations.

"Hopefully, once we get the team-sheet, we can nail things down, but it's a case of just trying to concentrate on what we need to do."

Fletcher has been encouraged by Argyle's recent displays, but believes there is still a lot of hard work ahead. He said: "We are getting longer and longer periods in games where we are dominating. We are getting there, but it's still a work in progress."

Plymouth Argyle (from): Cole, Gilmartin, Chenoweth; Nelson, Bhasera, Williams, Blanchard, Purse, Lennox, Hourihane, Jenkins, Young, Gurrieri, Chadwick, Griffiths, Lecointe, Feeney, MacDonald, Madjo, Cowan-Hall, Sims, Richards.

Doubtful: Jenkins (groin).

Unavailable: Berry (suspended), Wotton (groin), Lowry (ankle).

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