Toe-rific Jacob set for King’s Lynn Town return at Chorley
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Top goalscorer Dan Jacob could make a surprise King's Lynn Town return at Victory Park.
The left-sided attacker, comfortable operating from out wide or through the middle, has been struggling with a toe problem all season and missed Tuesday's 4-0 home defeat to Matlock Town.
But despite Linnets boss Gary Setchell saying Jacob needed a 'few weeks' rest', the seven-goal hitman is in line to make a comeback at Chorley this afternoon.
'Dan played Saturday against Cambridge City but has now had a week's rest,' said Setchell.
'He's had an X-Ray on his toe and there's no break. It's just bruising on the bone, which he can play with. He's had a little ankle problem too but there's a good chance he'll be able to play.'
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Midfielder Gary Mills, who was an unused substitute during the midweek mauling, is also likely to feature.
He tweaked knee ligaments while bending over to pick the ball up during Saturday's miserable 5-1 home FA Cup defeat to Cambridge City and Setchell insists he was right not to rush him back into action against Matlock.
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'There's been a lot of things said about me not using Gary Mills on Tuesday,' said Lynn's boss.
'He was fit on Tuesday night. But I was not going to put him on at 3-0 down when he could benefit from the extra rest. It's just common sense. He came through a practice match on Thursday and should be ok to be involved.'
Striker Rob Duffy is another player described as a 'work in progress' as he continues to find his feet, like Mills, following a lengthy spell on the sidelines before joining Lynn. The impressive frontman has scored four goals in three substitute appearances but failed to notch during his first start on Tuesday night.
Jason Lee should also be fit despite breaking a bone in his hand at The Walks earlier this week. But one player who is definitely ruled out is captain Richard Bunting. Lynn's on-pitch leader suffered a calf strain during the opening 45 minutes against the Gladiators and looks set to be missing for a couple of weeks.
'Richard wants to do well, he's desperate to get fully fit,' said Setchell.
'This season's not really started for him yet and that's very, very tough on the lad. A fully-fit Richard Bunting will definitely be a help to us. He's got to concentrate on getting fit now but it's not easy. When you're pushing your body to the limit, like Bunts does week in week out to get fit it can break down mechanically.'
Despite Lynn's recent troubles, which have seen them ship nine goals in two games, they travel to Lancashire just four points behind former Premier League player Garry Flitcroft's outfit.
'We've had a good start but it's the manner of the two defeats which has hurt,' said the Lynn boss.
'We've conceded seven goals before half-time in those games. I joked at training that the lads need to give me something to work with at the break. I'll certainly be looking for a much better performance.'