With Dion Sanderson cup tied and Tom Flanagan still struggling with his calf problem, Bailey Wright is our only fit orthodox centre half ahead of the EFL Trophy semi-final against Lincoln City on Wednesday.
Lee Johnson said: "We've got to adjust and it might mean a slight tweak to philosophy but at the same time, it's a really good game against a really good Lincoln side. I have got the option to freshen it up a little bit but in certain areas of the pitch, it's going to be a pat on the back and 'go again, son'. Conor McLaughlin can move over. Oliver Younger could step up, I think. Luke O'Nien has done well when playing in a three, though I haven't seen him in a two. I have to decide whether to flex the system, which I didn't really have an intention of doing, or to continue down the path [we're on]. I do think you've got to put round pegs in round holes as much as possible. We haven't always been able to do that. I do trust Oliver Younger, he's a great kid. I obviously haven't seen him enough in games, but in terms of training performance and his personality, he's been really impressive. He's injured at the moment but it's just a little knock, he should be training next week.”
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton has his injury issues too and will be without former SAFC midfielder Liam Bridcutt. “It looks like it’s going to be four to six weeks," Appleton said. "It’s disappointing because he’s a big part of what we do. We don’t lose many games when he’s in the team because he does such a fantastic job for us. It is a blow but we’ve dealt with it in the past, we did it earlier on in the season.”