Camp­bell could go as By­wa­ter nears re­turn

Burton Mail - - Sport - By JOSHUA MUR­RAY joshua.mur­ray@reach­plc.com @JoshuaMur­rayBM

BUR­TON Al­bion are look­ing to send goal­keeper Harry Camp­bell out on loan as Stephen By­wa­ter nears a re­turn to fit­ness.

By­wa­ter, who made 44 ap­pear­ances for the Brew­ers in the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son, has not fea­tured since suf­fer­ing a shoul­der in­jury in Au­gust’s Carabao Cup win over As­ton Villa, with Chelsea loa­nee Bradley Collins and ex-Nottingham For­est man Dimitar Ev­ti­mov both ar­riv­ing since that game.

Nigel Clough con­firmed that By­wa­ter was set to start Wed­nes­day’s Check­a­trade Tro­phy game at home to Mid­dles­brough’s un­der-21s be­fore pulling out with a calf prob­lem, mean­ing an­other ap­pear­ance for Ev­ti­mov.

His sec­ond short-term deal at the Pirelli Sta­dium ex­pires on Novem­ber 15 - and Clough ac­knowl­edges that Ev­ti­mov’s fu­ture with the Brew­ers will de­pend on By­wa­ter’s sit­u­a­tion, while they also search for a loan des­ti­na­tion for Camp­bell.

“Yes, we’ll view it,” said the Brew­ers man­ager.

“The plan is still for Harry to try to get out on loan, if we can, to a Na­tional League, or Na­tional League North/South side, wher­ever.

“We’ll be send­ing out an­other cir­cu­lar this week, re­mind­ing clubs that he’s avail­able if any­body needs a goalie.

“Then we’ll see how Stephen is. “Stephen was down to play on Wed­nes­day and he just felt his calf on Tues­day in the warm-up, so there was no point in risk­ing him.

“It will de­pend, what we do with Dimi, how Stephen is.”

Ev­ti­mov’s form for Al­bion, since join­ing in Septem­ber to cover for the in­jured By­wa­ter and Collins, has earned him a first se­nior in­ter­na­tional call-up for Bul­garia.

Clough sees it as “a lovely re­ward” for his im­pact at the Pirelli - and he says it makes him more sur­prised that Bur­ton were able to sign him as a free agent.

“Every­body is ab­so­lutely de­lighted for him,” added Clough of Ev­ti­mov’s call-up.

“They were do­ing their warm-ups al­to­gether and the goalies come over sep­a­rately and we said, ‘just the in­ter­na­tional goalies’ - and he said, ‘it’s just me, then!’

“I think it’s a lovely re­ward for him, for what he’s done.

“We are very sur­prised, hav­ing seen him, that he hasn’t got a club.

“There must be some good goal­keep­ers and some good num­ber twos in the EFL, be­cause he is an in­ter­na­tional, he has ex­pe­ri­ence and we can’t be­lieve he hasn’t got a club.

“If noth­ing else, I hope that play­ing with us will lead him to get­ting a deal some­where, cer­tainly to get back into the in­ter­na­tional fold will help him.

“See­ing him on tele­vi­sion against Nottingham For­est last week, a few peo­ple might be aware of him.

“Hon­estly, we’re de­lighted him.

“The only thing is it makes it frus­trat­ing for us be­cause we are al­ready los­ing Liam Boyce, so if we had one more (the Brew­ers would be able to resched­ule their League One game against Coven­try City on Novem­ber 17).

“So we are try­ing to find some­body who can get an in­ter­na­tional call-up some­where in the next 10 days.

“Ap­par­ently Lucas Akins qual­i­fies for Gre­nada, so we are work­ing on that one at the mo­ment!” for

Bur­ton Al­bion play­ers cel­e­brate with goal­keeper Harry Camp­bell af­ter he saved Al­bert Adomah’s late penalty for As­ton Villa in the Carabao Cup sec­ond round.

Stephen By­wa­ter re­ceives treat­ment af­ter in­jur­ing his shoul­der against As­ton Villa.

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