SWINDON Town’s first-choice defenders will be walking a disciplinary tightrope this weekend, with Nathan Thompson, Jordan Turnbull and Jack Stephens a single booking away from a one-match ban.
Both Southampton loanees and the Town captain have accumulated four yellow cards over the course of the campaign to date, meaning the entire back three could be missing for the trip to Peterborough United next weekend.
Manager Mark Cooper is aware of that potential eventuality but, given the fact Swindon face Bristol City in a local derby, he is anticipating a major defensive selection headache at London Road on November 22.
“It’s a certainty they are going to get booked in a local derby, isn’t it? They’re defenders. We’ve been working on no-contact training this week to do our best not to get them booked,” he told Link Sport.
“Jordan Turnbull made a great tackle on Saturday. It was a fantastic tackle and got a yellow card so it’s going to be tough for them. They’ve just got to play it as they see it and see what happens.”