Praise For Don

Glenn Roeder is full of praise for Don Hutchison making himself available for selection following the death of his father - and says he has the full support of the club.

"He lost his father on Sunday and when he came back to training the other day I had a private chat with him; I told him I knew exactly what he was going through, because I lost my father at 16 so I am talking of the experience of knowing how Don feels.

"All our thoughts are with Don Hutchison and his family, particularly his mum and his other brother.

"It is a very tough time for anyone when they lose any member of their family, so he has got the support of the club and anything he needs to do, the club will help him until such time as he is over the loss.

"He would have been involved against Charlton as he wanted to be; he would probably have started the game from the bench which, considering the situation he has just experienced, is very good of him to make himself available."

Steve Lomas is a major doubt for the FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest - on Thursday afternoon he was undergoing tests to see whether he would need treatment on the ankle problem he has been carrying of late.

"He has played in the last five or six games when he could just as easily not put himself up for selection," says Glenn.

"That shows how good Steve's character is and how much he wants to get out of the present situation like all the players do.

"But every time he plays he is not finishing 90 minutes and he is having to come off, which is not ideal.

"What we have to do now is make a decision as to whether to let him have an injection in the ankle area that will probably mean him missing the next game, and we will make that decision very soon.

"But by doing that hopefully it will ensure he is fit for the rest of the season."