Published: 06:00, 25 October 2020
Steve Evans is considering bringing in reinforcements ahead of their midweek trip to Ipswich Town.
Gillingham went into the weekend missing several players through injury and picked up another on Saturday, when Southampton loanee Tom O’Connor limped off. A red card for Connor Ogilive for two bookable offences means he’ll be sitting out a game too.
Evans has been keeping tabs on those players out of contract and if the money’s right he could bring in at least one additional face to bolster the ranks.
Kyle Dempsey, Vadaine Oliver and Jacob Mellis all missed out on Saturday through injury and Evans said it’s “unlikely” any will be back for Tuesday’s League 1 trip to Portman Road.
He said: “We might need to bring a free agent or two in, we might need to do that just on the fact of sheer lack of bodies, but that is about money and finance and the only man who can ultimately sanction that is the chairman.”
None are currently training with the Gills but they are just a phone call away.
Evans added: “We have got a couple of lads who have been training somewhere else and they could come in and play for us immediately.
“We need to look at that with a fresh pair of eyes on Sunday, other than the emotion just after a game.”
Declan Drysdale missed out on compassionate grounds on Saturday but warmed up ahead of the match. He could be back available for Ipswich.
“We are backs to the wall,” said Evans, who will be hoping to avoid any Covid issues.
“We won’t fill a bench that’s for sure and I won’t be putting kids on there for the sake of it at Portman Road.
“What we will try and do is ask our chairman to make sure everyone is tested for Covid-19 before we even go near Portman Road, I have too much respect for everyone at Ipswich and in the town of Ipswich.”
Evans was angered that the EFL allowed Saturday’s game to go ahead without Fleetwood players being tested for Covid. They had recently played an Accrington side who had eight first team players test positive.
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