Two missing for Falkirk trip to Alloa

Pic Lisa McPhillips 14/09/2013'SPFL First Division - Cowdenbeath FC v Falkirk FC 'Central Park, Cowdenbeath'Falkirks Oleumide Durojaiye and Falkriks Jon Robertson
Pic Lisa McPhillips 14/09/2013'SPFL First Division - Cowdenbeath FC v Falkirk FC 'Central Park, Cowdenbeath'Falkirks Oleumide Durojaiye and Falkriks Jon Robertson
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Will Vaulks and Olumide Durojaiye are Falkirk’s only missing Bairns for Saturday’s return to Recreation Park.

The Nigerian youth international’s broken foot continues to keep him on the sidelines, while English defender Vaulks has had his knee injury diagnosed.

A torn meniscus cartilage in his knee is expected to keep him out for three weeks after a scan on Monday.

“It’ll be a day-to-day monitoring process with Will,” explained Gary Holt, the Falkirk manager.

“Olu is still out, for the foreseeable future and that’s it. He’ll be in the pool to build up fitness then onto weight bearing stuff then once the moon-boot is off it’s a case of seeing where he is. He wears that boot well!

“It’s how you keep the guys out injured integrated with the group and their spirits up, and how he deals with it. He’s been brilliant.

“It’s not easy playing then being out, it’s out of his control. We gave him a week off to go visit family and he’s back with a smile on his face and hes back keeping the guys spirits up.”

David McCracken’s return to fitness has helped plug the void left by Vaulks’ injury, which also gives his Bairns team-mates the opportuinity to catch up on the runaway leader in The Falkirk Herald starshot.

However Gary Holt has warned they must be at their best against Alloa on Saturday, but with the game coming at Falkirk’s temporary home over the summer, it won’t be quite the full away-day experience.

“It’s a good thing that we know the surroundings and the environment we’re going into from our time there in pre-season, so it’s not the ‘away-day syndrome’ you get some places that takes you out your comfort zone, but whether or not that helps us, I won’t know.

“Alloa are on a good run and got a good result away from home last week. We are under no illusions, it’ll be a good test for us away from home.

“Paul’s got them hard-working, playing good football, scoring goals and developed a winning mentality.”