Zola will have to give Burton a heads-up in training if he is fit to return
BURTON Albion will wait to see if leading scorer Calvin Zola is fit to return for tomorrow's visit to Wycombe Wanderers.
The big striker, into his second full season as the focal point of the Brewers' attack, had to be led from the field dazed after a blow on the head in last Saturday's 3-2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.
Although Zola reported for training on the Monday morning, he was not considered for Tuesday night's game at home to Aldershot Town, which saw Burton – playing their third game in six days – slip to a lacklustre 1-0 defeat.
The players subsequently went through a recovery session in the hydrotherapy pools at the England training facility, St George's Park, just outside Burton, and were given yesterday off by manager Gary Rowett.
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"Calvin's not trained and he's not unfit as such," said Rowett.
"We could do with having him back but it might be all about how he feels when he goes up for that first header today."
If training goes well, it looks likely that Zola will return against Wycombe, who broke a seven-match run without a win by beating Rotherham United 3-2 on Tuesday night.
But Rowett looks unlikely to make many changes, despite a poor display on Tuesday.
"There are two schools of thought," he said.
"And one of them is that you give the same players the chance to avenge the defeat.
"We didn't change the team when they had won on Saturday but I had a feeling things weren't quite right before the Aldershot game – we were a bit quiet.
"We just didn't quite have the spark we usually do and we conceded a poor goal – it was just one straight ball down the middle and that wasn't like us.
"We changed things two or three times during the game but whatever we tried didn't work.
"We just have to make sure that when we go to Wycombe we're mentally back on it.
"Sometimes, a defeat can re-focus you if you approach things in the right way."
One of the players who especially looked as if the recent heavy schedule had caught up with him was energetic midfielder Robbie Weir, who struggled to put a foot right on Tuesday night
The Northern Ireland Under-19 international was replaced by the returning John McGrath after 69 minutes.
But Rowett was quick to reaffirm his faith in the summer signing from Tranmere Rovers.
"A lot of players were off the boil on Tuesday and it's always likely to show most with someone like Robbie, who plays with the intensity he does," said the manager.
"It's the first time he's been subbed in 25 games and it doesn't mean I don't think he's a terrific player.
"I'm not overly concerned and his work off the ball is fantastic.
"He's always frustrated when he doesn't play as well as he wants to play – he has high standards.
"But I think he's been one of the real plus points of the season so far and he'll bounce back, I'm sure of that."