Manager Neil Aspin says other forwards “have got to look to themselves and think why I am not in the team when I have a 32-year old striker playing on one leg.”
Pope has been playing on with injury but it looks like the time is fast approaching for the striker to be rested.
Surely they have got to look to themselves and think why I am not in the team when I have a 32-year old striker playing on one leg…
Aspin told the media: “Whatever Tom says, he would play for the club if he is injured or not. But the team’s performance has not been great and Tom’s not been at the level that he was because he is not fully fit.
“I will have to take control because I will need to make a decision where we can get him in a position where he plays some games where he will be fully fit – we’re very close to having to make that decision.”
The manager appealed to the rest of the squad to step up saying: “Surely they have got to look to themselves and think why I am not in the team when I have a 32-year old striker playing on one leg. The onus has now got be down to the other players at the club in terms of strikers to start producing some performances in training, but more importantly on the pitch.”
The Valiants have also recalled goalkeeper Sam Hornby with Aspin explaining: “The problem is that Rob Lainton didn’t play in the reserves last week because he had a problem with his hip.
“I wanted him to play in the reserves tomorrow but the physio has informed me today that he needs to go for a scan.
“So if he is going to be on the bench he obviously needs to be fully fit, which he isn’t, so we need to recall Sam put him on the bench and let him play in the reserves.”