Date: 28th September 2017 at 2:01pm
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York City will have leading marksman Jon Parkin back for the weekend FA Cup visit to South Shields.

The 35-year-old goalscorer has to date struck five times this season, including a brace on his latest appearance at Salford City. But he then missed the weekend defeat to neighbours Harrogate Town due to concerns over his suspect knee on the artificial playing surface at the CNG Stadium.

“Jon’s available and has been training all week,” manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York. “We know why he missed the game last week, so it will be nice to have Jon back.”

However, fellow experienced forward Michael Rankine is once again unavailable for the trip because of ongoing health checks following recent high blood pressure.

“Michael’s still the same – still no Ranks for Saturday,” Mills continued. “Still waiting on results of tests that he’s no having – and heart scans and such like.

“Of course it’s a worry to him, it’s his life that we’re talking about. And we know in football now that we have to be very, very careful. We have to make sure that Ranks is in a good place physically and medically to continue.

“We’re doing every test we can with him to get the okay from the specialist. Of course it’s a worry to him and not a nice situation to be in; so we’re just hoping that when we get the results in and everything’s tested that Ranks is okay to carry on.”

Meanwhile, right-back Josh Law is a confirmed doubt for the weekend having suffered a groin injury during a first defeat in five games last time out

“Obviously Lawsy went down with his groin,” Mills added. “He’s settled down really well so it’s going to be touch and go for Saturday. We’ll know a little bit more on that tomorrow.

“It’s another decision I have to make whether we change the system because we haven’t got another natural right-back really. So whether we stick with the four or go to the five. There are players there that can step in if we stay with a four. Not natural right-backs but players that have played there. So it’s not a major worry.”

It was announced earlier this week that centre-back Matt Fry’s contract was being terminated due to long-standing issues with his knee, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that York would be instantly re-entering the transfer market in search of a replacement.

“We haven’t really been down that route,” Mills admitted. “We’ve got a squad of players that we’re working with and Matty’s not really featured in that anyway. So it’s not as if we’re losing somebody that’s featured in the games so far.

“I know that we’ve got a squad of players that are good enough. I’m just waiting for that consistency to start so that we can achieve what we set out to achieve this season.”

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