Date: 9th October 2013 at 10:08pm
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Manager Alan Knill has admitted his main focus ahead of the game against Wycombe Wanderers is who to play at the back.

Whilst the gaffer has admitted that our injury concerns over Krystian Pearce and Aaron Downes have been somewhat allayed by news that both players could be back in contention sooner than originally thought, we do have a new headache because newly loaned Anthony O’Connor has now been called up by the Republic of Ireland U21s.

In terms of the call up, Torquay don’t even have the freedom to apply to have the game cancelled on the basis of having three players called up by their countries, because stupidly it appears, on loan players don’t count on that score – so officially he isn’t our player.

We will obviously also be without Billy Bodin and Conor Thompson who are away on international duty.

So this weekend could be interesting in terms of selection.

As for the better news though, Aaron Downes has undergone surgery and all went well, and given it was a cartilage problem, it’s unrelated to his previous knee issues, so it’s hoped he’ll return quicker than originally anticipated.

At the moment the timeframe is in the region of four weeks, which is a lot better than the originally feared four months.

As for Pearce, it appears he has a blood condition and that has been the reason for his illness, but he is now back in training and is probably 50/50 for the weekend.

His inclusion may well depend on the results of tests that are yet to come back, but currently he has been given permission by the medical folk to carry on playing in the meantime.