ANDY RITCHIE is gearing up for his first Galpharm match in charge without Town strike legend Andy Booth.
The 33-year-old frontman is struggling to overcome a groin injury which flared in the 2-0 defeat by leaders Scunthorpe.
Booth is under intensive treatment from physio Lee Martin, but the new manager conceded today that Booth appears to be losing the battle to line up against Millwall.
"I think we will probably be without Boothy this weekend," said Ritchie, who was watching Martin McIntosh (pictured) play in the Reserves against Birmingham today.
"Andy has a long-standing stomach and groin problem which flares up every now and again and that was certainly the case on Saturday.
"My thinking at the moment is to give him a rest this weekend and hopefully we'll have him back for the following Friday's trip to Northampton."
At least Ritchie has versatile Gary Taylor-Fletcher back in full training and he was joined yesterday by Andy Holdsworth, who looks like being fit to return at right-back.
"We warmed up in training with some head tennis to test out Fletch's sore calf and he came through fine," added Ritchie.
On the Reserves, who were set to include John McAliskey, Ritchie explained: "Martin McIntosh is playing because he is one of the lads who is out of contract in summer and I need to have a look at him.
"He wants to play the whole game, but he'll be in the senior squad on Saturday."
Keeper Alex Smithies has been called into England's UEFA Under 17 Championship squad in Belgium. They play Iceland, Holland and the hosts, starting on Wednesday, May 2.