We won’t be rushing Dunkley back into action, says King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell

Russell Dunkley shows his frustration moments before being substituted against Southport. Picture: M

Russell Dunkley shows his frustration moments before being substituted against Southport. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

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.

'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.