Injured pair in line to face Southend

Bruno Andrade

Bruno Andrade

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BRUNO Andrade and Matt McClure have both been declared fit to face Southend United tomorrow after recovering from injury.

Top scorer McClure had to come off against Bristol Rovers on Saturday with a toe injury while QPR loanee Andrade missed the trip to the Memorial Stadium with an ankle problem.

But manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "Bruno and Matt will both be in contention for the weekend. I'm pretty confident both of them will be around training in the next couple of days.

"I haven't actually seen them train but Theo thinks physio-wise they are OK.

"Bruno took ten days to get over an ankle ligament problem. He's very young so he'll recover very quickly."

Referring to McClure's injury, Ainsworth said: "We feared the worst at first but it didn't turn out as bad as we thought. We had to treat it as a potential fracture.

"Matt was in a lot of pain last week but on the flip side they can heal quite quickly. When you stub your toe you can feel like you've broken it, then it goes after a couple of hours.

"If he's fit he's in the 18."

Southend go into tomorrow's clash at Adams Park on a high as they booked a place at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this week.

Ainsworth was in attendance at Roots Hall on a Wednesday night scouting mission as Ben Reeves' last minute goal sealed a dramatic 3-2 aggregate win for the Shrimpers against League One Leyton Orient.

He isn't sure if that will work to Wanderers' advantage or if the Essex boys will come out all guns blazing after their midweek exploits.

Blues have recent experience of facing a Wembley-bound team as the last visitors to Adams Park, Bradford City, face Swansea City in the Capital One Cup under the arch on Sunday.

The Wanderers boss said: "Southend will be a big test. They got to Wembley the other night, which is brilliant for them, but hopefully we can bring them back down to earth at the weekend.

"They could be buzzing because they are at Wembley so it could go either way. It's another team that's got to a cup final at Wembley, which is great for League Two, but we've got a big job to do and hopefully we can surprise a few people by showing off how far we've come."

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