We won’t be rushing Dunkley back into action, says King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell
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Gary Setchell believes King's Lynn Town have enough attacking options to ensure Russell Dunkley isn't rushed back to action.
The Linnets talismanic number nine has been a constant menace for opposition defences this term despite a niggling hamstring problem.
The injury flared up again against Southport at the weekend forcing the powerful frontman, nicknamed The Beast, to be substituted – not for the first time this season.
But Setchell insists he isn't panicking about the prospect of his fans' favourite being out of action.
The Lynn boss said: '(Sam) Mulready was excellent at the weekend. The lad's a real good prospect at 19. And we've also got Shane Tolley, so we've built a squad. It's not about Russell Dunkley. It's about us being able to replace him at the weekend.
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'We have Danny Beaumont, Mulready, Tolley, so we certainly won't be rushing Dunks back. We'll get him fit when he's fit. He's a valuable player to us but that's why we've got a squad of 16 players. Last year we had 12 first-team players and four squad members.
'This year, we've got 16 first-team players, simple as that. If I have to go with Tolley and Mulready (tomorrow) I don't think it's the end of the world.'
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Tolley, who should be fit again for the visit of Kidsgrove Athletic – if the game beats the weather – has already scored four goals in as many starts for The Walks club.
Injury-free pair Beaumont and Mulready, who impressed on the left of midfield before replacing Dunkley up front during Lynn's 2-0 FA Trophy defeat on Saturday, have both netted for Setchell's men when they've not been sidelined themselves.
The club's main source of goals, Steve Spriggs, is still available. The right-sided midfielder, who has scored 18 times this season and bagged 63 overall in 129 appearances, is the subject of an approach from Blue Square North Boston United.