Manager delays decision on keeper's Glovers loan future
YEOVIL Town manager Gary Johnson will delay making a decision on the future of loan keeper Wayne Hennessey until later this month.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wales stopper has impressed the Glovers' boss during his first month at Huish Park, but Johnson wants to wait before approaching his Sky Bet League One parent club about an extension.
Johnson admitted that the form of second choice Chris Dunn had caught his eye in both training and reserve team games, whilst Marek Stech's fitness could also play a part in his thinking.
Asked whether keeping Hennessey for longer could be a possibility, Johnson said: "I think so, yes. Chris Dunn is looking a lot sharper so we're pleased with him and he kept another clean sheet in the game today.
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"Hennessey's loan finishes a week before the end of the month so we will assess it then. But, of course, he's done very well whilst he has been with us and if we have to re-loan him we will. We will just have to see how Marek is in a couple of weeks' time."
Czech Stech broke his hand in two places against Birmingham City last month, sparking a frantic ten days where the Glovers launched three separate hunts for replacements.
Hennessey's arrival was delayed after aggravating a knee problem in the warm up before Wales played the Republic of Ireland.
Dunn was drafted in following his release by Coventry City and then Manchester United's Sam Johnstone's severed finger tendons in his debut appearance at Burnley.
Johnson said Stech was recovering well but his injury meant a return ahead of the initial three-month diagnosis was unlikely.
"A bone's a bone, it's six weeks and it doesn't recover before then if it's a bone injury, certainly if it's a broken bone," he said.
"He's no different to anyone else and it will still be six weeks before we know if it's knitted properly and healed well.
"We've been keeping him sharp and he's probably worked harder in the gym than he has ever before, so that's a good thing. He's looking very athletic at the moment."
Last season's top scorer Paddy Madden ran again in training this week after injuring his knee in the build-up to Yeovil's Championship clash with Reading on August 31.
Johnson warned fans he was still some way from full fitness, with lateral movements proving painful, but added the Irishman had benefited from a weekend return to the Republic.
He said: "He's still a couple of weeks away and to be fair with the type of injury he has got he can run in straight lines but it's very difficult when he starts trying to side-foot a ball or side-footing a tackle.
"He's still a couple of weeks away but the break has done him good, I think. We allowed him to go home with Kevin Dawson to Ireland and see their families.
"It's not easy moving away from your family and having to look after yourself, but he's done that and we're hoping that when he comes back from his injury he will start scoring goals."
The Glovers return to action following the international break with trips to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and Ipswich Town on Tuesday.
Johnson said: "The next win will set us up again. We got that first win early and other than that 20 minutes against Derby we have been very close.
"You only win games if you score goals and we have got goal scorers but at the moment obviously at the higher level you have to take more opportunities when they come along.
"When you don't, somebody is going to get a deflected goal or someone's going to get a refereeing decision against you."