Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth will be among the substitutes for his Wycombe side tonight as he is due to name himself on the bench for the Checkatrade Trophy encounter with Swindon Town.

Ainsworth, 44, has had to resort to these measures due to the fact his side had eight players missing, including Anthony Stewart and Dan Scarr, for the game against Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Blues boss last featured for the club 14 months ago, in a Checkatrade Trophy win at Northampton Town, having originally ended his playing career at the end of the 2012/13 season.

He said: “Other than the start of last season, I can’t remember a time during my managerial career when we’ve had such a long injury list.

“We’ve had a long look at the situation and tried to pinpoint why that might be, but we’ve been training exactly the same as we have done for the last three or four years, and in fact most of the problems are contact injuries which are unavoidable.

“A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to look at the data from our training sessions and the condition of each individual player. It’s a meticulous process carried out by our expert medical team and you can’t legislate for these freak injuries which have been cropping up.

“We’ve had a busy October with that long trip to Carlisle and now another midweek game, and we need to make sure we don’t overwork the boys, so there may be a few changes tonight. If it means that I need to pull the boots on again then so be it.

“I keep myself fit and I join in with training from time to time, so I’ll be ready if required, but we’re going to Swindon looking for the win and I’m confident the team I pick will be more than capable of doing just that.”