ANDY RITCHIE will talk about money and injuries with Town’s hierarchy before deciding whether to try and extend Ronnie Wallwork and Richard Keogh’s loan spells at the club.
West Brom midfielder Wallwork’s month on loan at the Galpharm ends with Friday’s League I trip to Tranmere Rovers (7.45).
And Bristol City centre-back Keogh will complete a second month with Town by trying to help them to a rare victory in Birkenhead.
As he stepped up preparations for Prenton Park, where Town have won only three times in 19 visits, Ritchie said: “I’ve been pleased with both Ronnie and Richard.
“We’ve got eight days in between Tranmere and our next match (at home to Port Vale on Saturday week, November 3).
“But ideally, I’d like to make some progress on possible loan extensions this week, and I’m planning to talk to (West Brom boss) Tony Mowbray and (Bristol City’s) Gary Johnson over the next few days.
“West Brom played last night while Bristol City have a game this evening, so both Tony and Gary have been busy of late.
“The first thing is to ascertain whether their clubs would be happy to let Richard and Ronnie stay, then we’ll look at our budget and injury situation.”
While Town’s overall fitness problems have eased, they are still missing Aaron Hardy, who stands in as a centre-back in emergencies, and midfielder Jon Worthington with groin problems.
With Worthington facing possible surgery, the departure of Wallwork, who scored the equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Oldham, would leave them without a traditional ‘ball-winning’ midfielder.
Possibly counting against Keogh is the fact that he may well be unavailable for two games in the next month.
As with Wallwork, his club might not want him cup-tied for the FA Cup (the first round takes place a fortnight on Saturday, November 10).
And the Republic of Ireland have a European Under 21 Championship qualifier in Montenegro the following Friday, November 16, the same night Town visit Swansea.
That means both Keogh and midfielder Michael Collins could be absent for the Liberty Stadium showdown.
Ritchie may also want to keep some money in reserve in case he wants to strengthen the squad in another position.
Town Reserves lost 1-0 in last night’s Pontin’s Holidays League Central Division clash with Walsall at the Galpharm.