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Young players will get an opportunity insists Gillingham assistant manager David Kerslake

Gillingham will be doing a head count before this weekend’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.

The Gills squad was threadbare for the midweek trip to Chesterfield, with 17-year-old second year academy player Ben Chapman named on the bench.

Paul Konchesky, Rory Donnelly and Ryan Jackson all pulled out of Tuesday night’s game with injuries, while Cody McDonald was named on the bench despite also picking up a knock.

Gillingham left-back Paul Konchesky Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gillingham left-back Paul Konchesky Picture: Barry Goodwin

With Jamie O’Hara and Bradley Garmston still receiving treatment, it has left the Gills management team with few options.

Assistant boss David Kerslake said: “We have a squad and we have some young players that we quite like as well. It’s a good opportunity for others.

“We will look forward to the game on Saturday, certainly, but it would be a lot easier for the manager if we get one or two back.”

A calf strain for Konchesky saw him miss Football League minutes for the first time in a Gills shirt.

Kerslake said: “Because the games are coming thick and fast, he had a bit of fatigue there, and we decided to rest him and hopefully get him right on Saturday.”

McDonald put himself forward to play in the week but a foot injury kept him sidelined.

The assistant boss said: “He would run through a brick wall and he put himself up for selection if needed but he was not right, so we weren’t going to risk him.”

Jackson has a hip injury and Donnelly is suffering from ankle bruising after a challenge in last Saturday’s match against Coventry.

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