LEE CLARK today revealed Antony Kay will be out for two to four weeks but pledged: “You won’t find anyone here moaning.”
The news on the versatile centre-back or midfielder, whose ankle injury during Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Rochdale was overshadowed by Anthony Pilkington’s problems, has further limited the manager’s options ahead of a key phase in Town’s League I promotion push, with tomorrow’s clash at Bristol Rovers quickly followed by Tuesday’s equally tough-looking trip to Brentford.
Clark also has key man Lee Peltier suspended for a further three games, while experienced defender Gary Naysmith is still not ready to return after his calf injury.
But 17-goal top scorer Jordan Rhodes, potential Pilkington replacement Danny Cadamarteri and midfielder Joey Gudjonsson are all due to board the bus to the West Country today, with Town due at Bristol City’s training ground for the second Friday afternoon running.
Clark, who wouldn’t comment on rumours of a loan move for Bolton midfielder Danny Ward, who helped Swindon make the League I play-off final last season, said: “Moaning doesn’t get you anywhere.
“I’ve told the fit players to look on this time as their opportunity to shine and show what they’re all about, and I believe they’ll do so.”
It’s a battle between third-top and third-bottom at the Memorial Ground, where Town have won in two of their last three visits.
But Clark, who confirmed surgery on Pilkington’s dislocated left ankle and broken left fibula went well, knows Bristol Rovers are resurgent after beating Tranmere in caretaker manager Stuart Campbell’s first match in charge on Tuesday.
“They are fighting for survival, so it was always going to be tough, and we need to deal with that and play our own game, and we’re well capable of doing that,” he said.