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Bloomfield still a way from starting despite Scowen absence
BLUES boss Gareth Ainsworth said he's unlikely to replace the injured Josh Scowen with Matt Bloomfield in tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Exeter.
Fans' favourite Bloomfield made his long awaited return to first team action on Saturday after a year out with a pelvic problem, receiving a standing ovation from supporters in the process.
But with Scowen out after turning his ankle, Ainsworth said he's likely to look elsewhere for a replacement in the midfield engine room and has told Bloomfield to curb his enthusiam.
Instead the Wanderers chief could turn to Stuart Lewis after his return from suspension, or youngster Max Kretzschmar after he starred as Scowen's replacement against Southend.
Ainsworth said: "We've had to curb him. I said to Matt, you've got to be patient. He wanted to be ready four weeks ago and I said you're not ready.
"I still think he's still slightly away from starting games, but it's a fantastic sight to see him back on the pitch. The reception he got is Matt Bloomfield, he's Wycombe through and through.
"He didn't have a holiday this summer, he worked hard in the gym, worked on his fitness, worked on getting back."
Tonight's trip to St James Park is the first of three long away trips for Wanderers, with visits to Hartlepool and Plymouth to follow in swift succession.
Ainsworth quipped: "We're going to cover some miles in September. I hope the driver keeps his petrol receipts because he's going to get some miles on that."
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