Notts County: Injuries could leave Magpies terribly short of creative options
IF Notts County are missing two of their best players, Alan Judge and Jamal Campbell-Ryce, against Scunthorpe United it will leave them terribly short of creative options.
The chances of either of them recovering from injuries to face the Iron at Meadow Lane in League One look slim.
Judge has missed the last two games against Crawley Town and Preston North End, after being kneed in the back against Leyton Orient, while winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce limped off in the first half against Preston in midweek with a groin injury.
The Magpies will be hoping they both recover in time for the must-win game, but if they don't boss Chris Kiwomya has two obvious replacements in Jeff Hughes and Francois Zoko.
Hughes has stepped back into the team for Judge and he came closest to scoring an equaliser for Notts in their 1-0 defeat to Preston at Meadow Lane, crashing a shot against the crossbar.
He definitely deserves to start once again against Scunthorpe, while Zoko is arguably their best option on the right wing if Cambell-Ryce is ruled out.
The Ivorian has been very hit and miss this season, after joining the Magpies last summer.
He came off the subs' bench and scored two second-half goals in the Magpies' 4-1 win against Bury on home soil last month, but has done little since – and that sums up his frustrating inconsistency.
But on his day he can still be a big threat in black-and-white stripes, and that is why he should get the nod ahead of youngster Curtis Thompson, who replaced Campbell-Ryce against Preston to make his League debut.
Kiwomya is very keen to give some of the club's most promising youngsters their chance in the first team and teenager Thompson did very well, almost marking his big night with a goal, but Zoko is still a better bet.