Burton Albion set to add young Manchester City winger Adam Drury to squad in time for tomorrow's FA Cup clash
BURTON Albion are likely to have Manchester City starlet Adam Drury on board in time for tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie at Leicester City.
Originally from Grimsby, 19-year-old Drury has captained City's elite development squad and Burton manager Gary Rowett hopes he can add dynamism in the squad's problem right-wing position.
He is joining for an initial month on loan, as long as the two clubs get the paperwork sorted out in time.
"Adam's a right-winger who can also play in midfield or at right-back," said Rowett.
"We've watched him a few times and he looks a very good player.
"It's fantastic that we can attract players from a club like Manchester City but we're doing well, we train at St George's Park and I guess the club is getting a higher profile.
"I hope Adam will be with us in time for the Leicester match and, if so, he'll be involved in some way.
"He's coming down to train and we'll see how that goes before we decide whether he starts or I bring him off the bench."
With Leicester still smarting from their 4-2 Capital One Cup defeat to Burton earlier in the season, Rowett is expecting an especially tough battle against them tomorrow – so he is keeping his fingers crossed over the fitness of captain and key central defender Zander Diamond, who was struck down by a bug ahead of Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at York City.
"Zander still wasn't good on Wednesday night and didn't feel good yesterday," said Rowett.
"I'm hoping he'll be fit to train today but it's not a definite. It's one of those we'll leave as long as possible, because he'd certainly be missed, as he was at York."
Burton will certainly be missing right-back Anthony O'Connor.
The extent of the hamstring problem he felt before coming off after 52 minutes at York has yet to be clarified but, with his loan from Blackburn Rovers confirmed for the rest of the season, Burton will take no chances.
"Anthony is a lot better but it would be silly to risk him," said Rowett.
Nathan Stanton, suspended at York, will almost certainly cover at right-back, with Aaron Webster and Marcus Holness in central defence if Diamond does not make it.
Whoever plays, Burton will no doubt find their backs to the wall against a Leicester side who beat Huddersfield Town 6-1 on New Year's Day, with new signing Chris Wood, the New Zealand striker, scoring twice.
"In any game like this, you know that the opposition have attacking players who will cause you problems," said Rowett.
"We know we will have to defend well and probably ride our luck. But we can't just sit there and try to defend for 90 minutes.
"We have to find a way of attacking them, too.
"I'm not going to go there looking for a replay – we will have a game-plan and we will try to win the game.
"But I want us to enjoy the occasion as well. There will be no pressure on us and, perhaps, we can play with a bit of freedom."