Luke will be a loss at the Moss

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

JOHN Askey ad­mits his de­fence is down to the bare bones ahead of fac­ing Wrex­ham in the FA Cup this week­end.

George Pilk­ing­ton de­parted through in­jury in the first half against Dover on Satur­day.

And with Luke Wa­ter­fall not el­i­gi­ble to face the Dragons on Fri­day the Mac­cles­field boss is hop­ing for good news on Will Hain­ing’s calf prob­lem this week.

“We’ll have to see who’s fit and who’s not. Ob­vi­ously Luke can’t play, which is a bit of a blow be­cause again he was ter­rific, and George will be strug­gling so we’re down to the bare bones.

“But with it be­ing the FA Cup I know that who­ever plays will be re­ally up for it.

“Hope­fully we can put a de­cent per­for­mance in be­cause the cup can bring in much-needed rev­enue.”

Askey re­vealed he’s also on the look­out for a longer-term re­place­ment for Wa­ter­fall, who’s been re­fused per­mis­sion by par­ent club Scun­thorpe United ahead of his re­turn to Glan­ford Park.

The cen­tre-back, right, who’s put in a string of ster­ling shows along­side Pilk­ing­ton dur­ing his loan stay, will be el­i­gi­ble for the trip to Nuneaton on Novem­ber 1 but can’t ex­tend the loan beyond then.

There’s po­ten­tial for 24-year-old Wa­ter­fall’s re­turn in the New Year but in the mean­time Askey’s search for re­in­force­ments have drawn a blank.

“I was try­ing to bring one lad in but he’s gone to Al­fre­ton and another one went to Lin­coln,” he added. “We’ll keep try­ing, we need to do that with Luke go­ing but, just like when we were after bring­ing in a for­ward, it’s got to be the right per­son.”

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