Simpson: I won't risk playing unfit City stars
Gary Simpson is ready to tell his players 'no' as he aims to head off an injury crisis at Lincoln City.
The Imps have enjoyed an excellent start to the season and find themselves one point off top spot as they mix it in the play-off places in the Skrill Premier.
However, ahead of Saturday's home clash against Salisbury, City manager Simpson revealed he may have to rest certain players to avoid long-term injury absences.
"We're going to have to make a decision on one or two of them. Six games in a month is a lot to pack in and we can't risk long-term injuries," said Simpson.
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"One or two players have got through games and not been 100 per cent.
"You have to put in a certain level of performance in training to keep the fitness levels up and at the moment we have one or two who are not training all the way through the week. You can only get away with that for so long.
"We are getting to the stage now when if that carries on then it could become chronic."
With the Imps enjoying their best start for more than five years, Simpson has a squad of players desperate to all be involved.
However, Simpson is well aware that he may have to put his foot down to make sure he can get the most out of his squad for the entire season.
"The players want to play. We are doing well and they don't want to be out of the team," said Simpson.
"They want to be in it and will be doing their upmost to say they are okay. But that can only go on for so long before form drops and it makes it so that I cannot pick them.
"Some of them are more naturally fit than others. But I know the ones that are and those that aren't and I will make that decision and say 'sorry, but no'.
"I have to be considerate that it will be a long season and we need players playing at 100 per cent rather than at 60 or 80 per cent."
While Simpson might be forced to rest some players, he does have options with Bohan Dixon and Todd Jordan both impressing during a friendly game against Sleaford Town on Tuesday night.
The Imps won 4-2 with striker Nick Wright in action for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury against Macclesfield.