Sep 5 2013 by Nick Hilton, The Liverpool Post
Tranmere Rovers FC missing creative forces
TRANMERE must attempt to pick up their stuttering season without the creative skills of Jason Koumas and Andy Robinson.
Manager Ronnie Moore reports that Koumas faces two to three weeks on the sidelines with a groin strain sustained on the training ground this week.
Meanwhile Robinson, who missed the last three games with a groin strain, has had a scan and will not be available for 10 days, Moore said.
Rovers cannot turn to the pair when they chase a first home win of the League One campaign against Stevenage at Prenton Park on Saturday.
Moore planned to play Koumas from the start of Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round tie against Fleetwood Town but the former Wales international had to be pulled out of the 2-1 defeat.
Moore said: “I wanted Jason to play. He needs to play to build up his fitness and sharpness. But he is injured. He is going to be out for two to three weeks with a groin strain. We’ve got to get on with life without him.
“Andy Robinson has had a scan and won’t be right for the weekend. It is going to be another 10 days or so with him.”
To make matters worse, Tranmere hopes that James Wallace will make smooth and quick progress through the final lap of his comeback from a knee ligament injury have also been dashed.
The former Everton midfielder is suffering from a condition relating to fluid at the back of the knee, known as a bursa.
Moore said: “James has had an injection and it has set him back 10 days.”
Rovers hoped they had turned a corner by following a 5-0 hammering by Peterborough in their last home league game with a Capital One Cup success over Bolton Wanderers and a 1-0 win at Oldham Athletic.
But Tranmere were less than impressive in losing to Fleetwood and Moore described the errors that cost the two goals as “Sunday League defending.”
He added: “It was disappointing to lose a game we should really have won. We pressed the self-destruct button. Stevenage will play in a similar way to Fleetwood. They will be big and strong. We should be able to cope with that but we need to set the tempo.”
Tranmere will be able to select Adam Dugdale, the centre-back signed on loan from Crewe Alexandra last weekend, against Stevenage.
The 25-year-old from Liverpool was declined permission by his parent club to play in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.