Pipey to sit out ‘Boro clash?

The Welsh under-21 captain, who picked up the injury following a straight-red carded offence from Rochdale’s Ernie Cooksey yesterday, is said by manager Ian Richardson to be on crutches after injuring his ankle in yesterday’s 0-0 draw, and is said to be nursing an inflamed and swollen ankle.

Pipe: Set to miss out?
Pipe was replaced by Tony Scully at half time yesterday as a result of the challenge and is now, according to his manager, a doubt for the money spinning third round clash on Saturday.

The 21-year old – currently being utilised as a right-winger – will possibly join Julian Baudet (suspended) in the stands for the visit of the current Carling Cup holders, whilst fellow defender Rob Ullathorne will also serve a one-match ban in the near future, although later than Saturday’s FA Cup tie.

The defender shortage has prompted Richardson – still three to four weeks away from full fitness, himself – to begin the search for short term additions to the squad.

Speaking briefly to the Nottingham Evening Post today, Richardson said: "We do have a player we would like to bring in who we believe would be allowed to play in the cup.

"Hopefully something can be sorted out."

NCM will continue to keep you up-to-date with all the happenings running up to Saturday’s big match.