Notts County sweating over fitness of star midfielder Judge
ALAN Judge is in a race against time to be fit for Notts County's two crunch league games at Meadow Lane this week.
The Magpies must beat Preston and Scunthorpe on home soil to keep their play-off hopes in League One alive – and boss Chris Kiwomya is praying the club's star midfielder will be fit.
Judge missed their goalless draw at Crawley Town with an injury he suffered against Leyton Orient five days ago.
He has been getting intensive treatment to speed up his recovery and it looks 50-50 he will return to face Preston tomorrow (7.45pm).
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"I don't know if he'll be fit, but fingers crossed he will be," said Kiwomya. "He had no chance of playing (against Crawley) because he got kneed in the back in the game against Orient and couldn't run in the second half.
"He probably should have come off at half-time, but he wanted to go on."
The Magpies are still seven points outside the play-offs in League One in tenth place, despite only getting a point at Broadfield Stadium.
Kiwomya is glad they have not lost ground on the top six, but says they need six points against Preston and the Iron, who come to Meadow Lane on Saturday.
"We need back-to-back wins in the next two or three games to really get back in it and hopefully come tomorrow we can start that by beating Preston," he added.
Kiwomya is still targeting a new striker to give Notts more firepower for the run-in – but does not know how much cash he has got to spend.
"I have got to speak to the chairman and the chief executive about that," he said.
"I don't know what amount of money they are letting me have, but hopefully I will be able to bring in one more or two more.
"We haven't got a cutting edge at the moment and that is what is costing us."
He is set to decide whether to extend young Manchester United striker John Cofie's loan at Meadow Lane.
Cofie only scored one goal and his one-month loan ended after the game at Crawley and Kiwomya said: "I need to sit down with John, the chief exec and the chairman to see where we go from here."