Dec 30 2013 Main WIR
MANAGER Ronnie Moore is facing a defensive injury crisis for Tranmere Rovers’ showdown with League One high-flyers Wolverhampton Wanderers at Prenton Park on New Year’s Day.
Right-back Danny Holmes was ruled out for ‘three to four weeks’ yesterday when he picked up an abductor muscle strain in the 3-1 loss at Sheffield United.
To compound Moore’s misery, Huddersfield Town want to recall left-back Liam Ridehalgh from his loan spell – so he too is likely to be missing for the clash with third-placed Wolves.
Veteran centre-back Ian Goodison remains sidelined while Jim McNulty sat out yesterday’s defeat to the Blades due to illness, leaving Rovers boss Moore with some major selection problems.
Moore said: “It looks as though Ridehalgh is going to go back. They don’t really want him out on loan until the end of the season, so I don’t know what’s going to happen there.
“We’re disappointed with that because it’s come right at the wrong time for us. Everything was going to go through, so that leaves us short with Danny missing as well.”
Utility man Tom Hateley, who is close to returning to full fitness after a spell on the sidelines, could be pressed into service against Wolves, but full-back Jon Otsemobor is ruled out of the Wolves game with a back injury.
“We might have to throw Tom in but it will be a big, big test when he’s hardly trained,” said Moore, who was critical of his team’s ‘suicidal’ defending against the Blades.
The boss added: “We kept going and kept going, but it wasn’t to be. But we keep saying the same things. We keep giving away silly goals.”