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Sport - Football: Striker won’t be risked if not fit

King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell says striker Russell Dunkley will not be risked if there is an element of doubt over his fitness.

The Linnets host basement boys Hucknall Town at The Walks tomorrow, where the talismanic frontman will undergo a rigorous fitness test before the game.

Dunkley has made good progress since limping off after nine minutes of the 1-1 draw at Leek Town, but Setchell said: “Russell responded very well to treatment on Wednesday but in a situation like this common sense has to prevail.

“If he plays and his hamstring goes again we could lose him for anything up to six week, so if there’s any doubt then he won’t play.”

Despite their big FA Trophy against AFC Telford being a week away, Setchell wants his players to remain focused on the league.

“Our FA Trophy run is on the mind of everyone and is turning people’s heads, but my job is to keep the players’ minds focused on the bread and butter of the league.

“The table is still in great shape for us, but we’ve got to make sure that we cement our place in the play-off position by picking up points when we play in the league.

“I don’t think it will be anything like the Hucknall team who we beat earlier in the season, so we must not get complacent.”

Striker Sam Mulready is back in contention for a starting spot, while Danny Beaumont is a fortnight away from making a return.

Hucknall ended a run of 11 games without a win with a 4-2 win at Market Drayton on Saturday, a run which included a 9-1 home reverse against Coalville.

They have made a number of signings in recent weeks, including former Lynn midfielder Emeka Nwadike.

 

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