Squad strength means Exeter City boss doesn't need loan signings
MANAGER Paul Tisdale is confident his 2012/13 Exeter City squad is robust enough to deal with the kind of injuries which hampered them last year.
A spate of physical problems to key players at the start of last term forced the Grecians boss to bring in a flurry of loan signings, with mixed results.
However Tisdale says he does not need to take any such gambles in the immediate future, regardless of the emergency loan transfer window reopening last week.
The St James's Park chief said: "Even if we got two or three injuries I wouldn't look to loans at the moment.
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"I'm not even keeping an eye on who might be available because I am so comfortable with the squad I have got, which is a great position to be in.
"I am very happy with my team and the squad. We have got a lot of good players coming through and lots of young players who are just about ready to challenge."
Tisdale may need to fall back on the strength of his squad this weekend at Southend United, as he is likely to be without a couple of key players.
Midfielder Liam Sercombe will probably miss out again, having been absent from Tuesday's encounter with Wycombe Wanderers due to the ankle injury which curtailed his involvement against York City shortly after half-time.
It remains to be seen if Guillem Bauza can recover from the groin problem he sustained in training last week.
Fellow forward Alan Gow should be fit following a thigh strain, but the Scot has a fight on his hands to reclaim his starting berth as John O'Flynn and Jimmy Keohane have been in good form in his absence.
O'Flynn himself is a doubt after missing the Wycombe game with a stiff groin, but is expected to feature.
Tisdale said: "Liam has had a scan and fingers crossed it's not serious.
"He had it during training last week and missed a few days' training going into the York game. It seems to be getting worse so it may be that we have to give it a rest."
Tisdale admits his side are still finding their feet at home this season.
But his side have started the campaign on fire away from St James's Park, collecting a maximum nine points from trips to Aldershot Town, Accrington Stanley and Oxford United.
The result and performance against the U's was particularly satisfying for City fans, as Chris Wilder's men are expected to challenge for promotion.
Paul Sturrock's Southend are another club in that bracket, so the Grecians are preparing for another tough examination.
Tisdale said: "Southend had a good season last year. They have a very particularly-minded and efficient manager who knows how to win games and put good teams together.
"The season will start to settle soon and I imagine he will turn his team into a good outfit.
"It's still a bit early, but I think 90 per cent of the teams we are expecting to do well will challenge at the end of the season."
Possible Exeter City line-up: Krysiak, Amankwaah, Coles, Baldwin, Woodman, Doherty, Bennett, Oakley, Davies, Gow, Cureton