Di Canio fears promotion bid may slip without further loan signings (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio fears promotion bid may slip without further loan signings
PAOLO Di Canio is fearful Swindon Town’s promotion bid could be derailed if he is unable to bring in more players during the emergency loan window.
With Town banned from registering new signings due to the transfer embargo placed on the club, Di Canio is worried that he will not be able to draft in new recruits to deputise for some of his injured stars.
Gary Roberts and Alan McCormack missed the clash at Bury with respective groin and hamstring problems, while Andy Williams picked up a calf knock at Gigg Lane that could keep him out of action for up to three weeks.
And without the ability to dip into the loan market, Di Canio feels the opportunity to secure back-to-back promotions could slip from his grasp.
He said: “If you have one injury okay, if you have two injuries okay, but if you have four or five it is different.
“If (Matt) Ritchie has to play every game now and I don’t have a winger because Gary Roberts is injured, I can’t let him breath.
“In the last two games he looked in some way like a Blue Conference player. We didn’t show the quality in front.
“I’m not asking for another 10 players, another two players to come in and work in this way.
“Gary Roberts – main player, now McCormack who is the captain and the leader, then today Andy Williams.
“In 10 players it means 30 per cent of the players.
“Obviously we have the subs but a long run can be more difficult.
“I can choose other players in a wide area – I played Fede Bessone today – it’s my job.
“But obviously it will be difficult in the long run with some injuries.
“Now Andy Williams has got an injury, a calf problem.
“He’s played every game for 95 minutes and I didn’t have enough quality to give him a rest, with all respect because we have (Paul) Benson who can play one game at this level – in my opinion – and then needs a rest.
“We have (Adam) Rooney that you can see is not fit yet. He came without any sort of fitness level.
“This is the difficulty.
“I am sure that the manager counts a lot, I can improve my players maybe 25 per cent, but I am not God.
“I am one of the best managers, I am not God.”
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