Jones sweating on striker availability

Last updated : 09 November 2005 By Michael Morris
Youngster Andrea Feretti or Paul Parry could find themselves in the starting line up.

It would be a huge stroke of bad fortune if all three forwards were crocked. They were seeing their doctors on Tuesday before travelling up to Sheffield after the team coach had left. Michael Ricketts has been in training and Dave Jones will make his decisions later today.

Dave Jones told the press before heading to Yorkshire

"I'm hoping to have two out of the three senior strikers fit."

Ferretti's inclusion is being forced upon Jones who would rather give the lad more time. Speaking of bioth his 18 year old strikers Jones said

"Andrea really shouldn't be anywhere near our first team.

"How can you expect a young kid to learn his trade in an environment where expectation levels are so high?

"He can't learn his trade in the first team because he's come straight from youth team football in Italy, where they don't have contact with first teams.

"Because we're only running with 20 players, we've had to bring Andrea in, but I think it'll do him more harm than good if I keep on using him. He's a long, long way off from being ready. I want him to learn his trade playing in the reserves whilst training with the first team.

"He just needs to settle down and become a stronger player - physically and mentally.

"Cameron is a different case because he had six months' experience of being around first-team players last season before making his start.

"He's a stronger player, mentally tougher."

There are no problems reported elsewhere in the team and City will have Willie Boland and Phil Mulryne in contention soon with both players back in training and looking for a couple of reserve games to sharpen up their fitness.