Knee out of tonight’s Croydon clash

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HORSHAM boss John Maggs will have to further shuffle his defensive pack for tonight’s home match with Croydon Athletic after illness to Mark Knee means the left back will miss out.

Ben Andrews, who was superb in Saturday’s win at AFC Hornchurch, begins his three game suspension while fellow centre back Michael Hector starts a five game suspension, forcing Maggs into three changes to his back line.

Maggs said this morning: “I’ve just had the news that Mark Knee has been up all night with a virus and will be unavailable for tonight.

“I’ve already lost two centre halves and now my left back which is a bit of a blow for us.”

Jack Page will be Knee’s likely replacement at left back, with Ryan Woodford coming into midfield allowing Paul Kennett to drop into the centre of defence, where he will be partnered by Hassan Nyang, who also impressed off the bench at the weekend.

Gary Charman is expected to shake off bruising to the face to start, and Maggs also has centre back Jahmahl King fit again to call off the bench if needed after a month out.

“I’m expecting a difficult game tonight because they have made a lot of changes recently and I wouldn’t think they are a bottom of the table side,” Maggs said.

“They’ve had a couple of good results, beating Margate twice and although they got beat 5-0 at Sutton as well it’s going to be tough.”

Meanwhile Maggs admits that young centre back Michael Hector may have already played his last game for the club. His five game suspension for two red cards takes him to the end of his loan spell from Reading and there is no option to extend it further.

Paul Kennett has also been handed an additional two game suspension for dissent and failing to leave the field quickly enough after his sending off against Hastings. He will miss the away matches at Bury Town and Carshalton Athletic later this month.