Crewe Alexandra: Byron Moore the man for Steve Davis, despite new injury setback
CREWE boss Steve Davis has played down the possibility of bringing in a striker on loan, despite losing Ajay Leitch-Smith for the next month.
The 22-year-old has ankle ligament damage after he was caught by Portsmouth midfielder Brian Howard during Crewe's 2-0 defeat at Fratton Park on Saturday.
However, Davis has Byron Moore available again after he made his comeback from a bruised foot by replacing Leitch-Smith at Fratton Park.
Now Davis is inclined to give Moore a run in the team, starting with Saturday's League One game at Walsall.
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The Crewe boss says he is unlikely to try to bring in a loan player.
He said: "I have thought about that, but Byron has come back. That means, although we have lost Ajay, we have swapped one for one.
"We are not desperately short, although we are not scoring and confidence is a little bit low at the moment.
"We have to find a way this week of picking them up."
The hard work has included some overtime shifts on the training ground as the players have done without their usual day off this week.
Meanwhile, Davis says his contract talks with the club are progressing smoothly.
The manager is on a three-month rolling contract, but is negotiating a longer deal after an impressive first 11 months in the job.
The 47-year-old has been backed down from 40-1 to 8-1 for the vacant manager's job at his former club Burnley.
That puts him among the bookies' favourites, along with Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton, former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy and ex-Bolton boss Owen Coyle.
However, Davis has assured supporters that the delay to signing his new contract at Crewe is just a technicality.
Davis, who is being advised by the League Managers Association, explained: "The problem is there is a difference in the contract that was originally going to be used by the football club and the template contract that the LMA use.
"But the communication between the chairman and the LMA is good, so it is only a matter of time.
"Hopefully it can be resolved shortly."