Swindon boss Phil Brown is facing respite from an injury crisis this weekend, but is hoping top-scorer Michael Doughty will be fit to return for his side’s grudge clash with Mansfield.
Swindon fans are likely to give David Flitcroft plenty of abuse for the acrimonious way he left them last season, but that won’t be on Brown’s mind. he will be eagerly awaiting the return of former QPR man Doughty, who has been side lined for over a month with a hip injury. He has made good progress in recent weeks and is on the verge of a first-team return.
Brown is also hoping to welcome back defender Sid Nelson after missing the last three matches, also with a hip injury.
The struggling Swindon boss has already spoken of his desire to make changes with the likes of Ellis Iandolo, Jak McCourt and Kaiyne Woolery all pushing to start after a weak run of form.
As for David Flitcroft, he has a number of personnel issues to contend with for the Stags’ trip to Wiltshire despite enjoying a longer break than most thanks to international call ups.
Veteran Neal Bishop is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season and talented midfielder Alex MacDonald is still out with a knee injury.
Striker Craig Davies is not quite ready to return after an ankle problem either, and defender David Mirfin remains on the treatment table with a knee problem.
Both sides desperately need a win to kick start their seasons and whilst Brown has players getting back to fitness, Mansfield must fancy their chances of taking something from the game.
All eyes will be on Flitcroft, his departure caused some controversy last season and he’s not a popular man in Wiltshire.