Lambert unsure on Woolfenden and Ndaba starting season-opener
Paul Lambert has admitted he is keen to sign an experienced cente-back. Currently Lambert only has Luke Woolfenden and Corrie Ndaba available for the season opener at Burton.
Town will be without Toto Nsiala who is sidelined until September with a hamstring injury and Luke Chambers who is suspended following his red card on the final day of last season.
“We’ve got Toto (Nsiala) injured and then Chambo (Luke Chambers) suspended for the first game and then we’ve got two young kids,” Lambert said.
“Whether they’re ready or not I’m not so sure. It’s a big ask for them but that’s where the club is.
“We went to Germany, had a look at everybody and then we think ‘okay, who can come and who needs games out on loan’.
“Centre-half is one area where we have to look at. We need experience there with two young kids learning them game, Toto out and Luke suspended.
“We have to look at something.”
Lambert has been running the rule over former Lincoln man James Wilson who is currently training with the Blues and played the second half at Colchester on Friday night.
“The problem with James is that the lad hasn’t trained and, to be fair to him, he’s come down and done well,” Lambert said of Wilson.
“The feelgood factor at the club is brilliant but there has to be that realism as to where the club’s at.”
As well as potentially Cole Skuse slotting into the centre-back role, Lambert also looked at Myles Kenlock there on Friday evening: “I’ve tried Myles (Kenlock) in there and I thought he did well, so let’s see.”
Lambert admitted it is never ideal to have a long injury list, particularly just before the start of a new campaign but that’s part of the parcel of the game: “Toto’s looking like six weeks out and that’s a blow. That’s football.
“Teddy was looking really good so that’s a blow,” he said.
“It’s probably been Bishop’s best pre-season he’s had in a few years but you can’t help injuries like that. It’s part of the game and it wasn’t a muscle injury as such.
“All of the injured lads are carrying things from last season and Toto and Bishop are fresh ones.
“Thankfully it’s nowhere near as bad as what it might have been. It could have been a year out with a cruciate but his strength work with the fitness lads have made him really strong, so if he’d never had that strength it might have been an ACL.
“In that way we’re happy.”