ARGYLE manager John Sheridan cannot call on the services of on-loan striker Caolan Lavery for the visit of Welling to Home Park on Saturday.
Lavery’s parent club, Sheffield Wednesday, do not want the Northern Ireland under-21 international, to play for the Pilgrims in the FA Cup.
He has made three substitute appearances for Argyle since arriving at Home Park.
The absence of Lavery, plus the hamstring injury to Tope Obadeyi, leaves Sheridan with only limited attacking options for the FA Cup second round tie.
Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) and Tyler Harvey (Salisbury City) are both out on loan, while two other strikers, Matt Lecointe and Marvin Morgan have long-term knee and shoulder injuries respectively.
Lewis Alessandra and eight-goal top scorer Reuben Reid will almost certainly continue to lead the line for the Pilgrims against Welling.
Rommy Boco is set for a recall to replace Obadeyi on the left of midfield and there could be a place in the squad for 20-year-old Isaac Vassell.
His only appearance this season came off the substitutes’ bench in the 3-2 extra-time defeat away to Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup in August.
Vassell can play up front as a striker, or out wide, as he did in the Devon St Luke’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Exeter City at Home Park on Tuesday night.
The Pilgrims were beaten 3-0 on penalties in that tie after the teams battled out a 1-1 draw.
Obadeyi suffered his hamstring injury in the first half of Argyle’s 1-0 home defeat by Burton Albion in League two last season, a result which ended an eight-game unbeaten run.
Sheridan said: “Tope is still out, but he’s improving day-by-day, and Caolan is cup-tied.”
Midfielder Dominic Blizzard is also a doubt for the FA Cup clash against Welling and will have a late fitness test.
He has only recently returned to action following an illness, and put in a good performance as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Torquay United in League Two on November 26.
However, Blizzard has been struggling with a thigh problem since the Devon derby at Plainmoor.
Sheridan said: “He’s still feeling it a bit and we have got to be very careful with that injury.
“It’s a shame for him because I thought he did well when he came on at Torquay.”
Sheridan confirmed Jake Cole would be Argyle’s goalkeeper against Welling and not Luke McCormick.
Cole has started all six of the Pilgrims’ cup ties this season, but McCormick has played in 18 of the 19 games in League Two.
Full-back Durrell Berry will return to the Argyle squad for the FA Cup second round tie after sitting out the defeat by Burton because of a knee injury which troubles him occasionally.
Sheridan said: “With the amount of games we have had, it just doesn’t give him that much time to rest.”
The Argyle manager was relaxed about the attacking options open to him for the visit of Welling despite the absence of Lavery and Obadeyi, and the recent departure of Harvey to Salisbury.
Sheridan said: “We have got enough players. We had 22 training yesterday morning and I can cover all areas.
“The team isn’t going to change too much so I don’t think there is going to be a problem. There will be seven players on the bench and I can only use three of them.”