We have squad to cope with bans & injuries

Lewis Vaughan opens the scoring as Jamie Ewings can't bear to watch - Raith Rovers v Dumbarton. Pic: Neil Doig
Lewis Vaughan opens the scoring as Jamie Ewings can't bear to watch - Raith Rovers v Dumbarton. Pic: Neil Doig
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Raith Rovers boss Grant Murray could be forced to reshape his team this Saturday as injuries and suspensions bite.

Joe Cardle’s red card against Dumbarton on Saturday has landed the winger a two-game ban while Grant Anderson is a doubt after being stretchered off with a knee injury.

With Paul Watson still four weeks away from recovering from a fractured foot, and Davie McGurn out for longer, Murray could be without four first team regulars for the pre-Christmas derby against Cowdenbeath.

However, the Raith manager is confident his squad can cope with the absences.

“We’ve got options in the squad,” Murray said. “There’s no panic button going to be pressed.

“We’ve probably not got natural wingers who can go in for Joe and Grant, but we’ve got guys who can play in different formations and in different areas of the pitch.

“Teams pick up injuries and suspensions all the time. You just have to deal with the hand your dealt every week. It gives other players an opportunity to get back into the team.”

Anderson’s knee injury is not as bad as it initially appeared.

“It was painful at the time, but he was on his feet afterwards,” Murray said. “He’s not trained as yet, sometimes it takes a wee bit time to settle down. He’ll be with the physio over the next few days so we’ll have a better idea after that.”

Rovers will be going for six home wins in a row against a Cowdenbeath side who have Coca-Cola Cup legend Jimmy Nicholl back in the dug-out.

“It doesn’t matter where the teams are sitting in the league - it’s a derby and that’s the bottom line,” Murray said.

“I’ve been involved in enough derbies myself to realise what it’s like. It’s a big game and the ones we’ve had over the years have had everything in them. The last one at Central Park was goals galore.

“They’ll be coming here with a lot of confidence after their win in Dundee. But we’re at home for the second week running and we’d love to be sitting on Saturday night with six points in the bag.”