MANAGER Paul Collicutt is keeping his fingers crossed “key man” Linden Dovey will be fit for Evesham United’s battle with Larkhall Athletic at the Jubilee Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

Captain Dovey has been struggling with a neck issue since playing in Evesham’s 4-4 draw with Highworth Town three weeks ago.

But Collicutt is hopeful the influential defender will be back to lead his side out for the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South encounter with Larkhall.

“Will Wellon is back from suspension and we are hoping Linden will be available too,” Collicutt said.

“He has had problems with his neck and been in a lot of pain. He is a key man for us and we are looking to get him fit.

“He is going for further treatment this week so fingers crossed he will be fit for Sunday.”

Defender Nathan Summers is set to return after missing last weekend’s 1-0 league defeat at Moneyfields through illness but midfielder Archie Haskayne and winger Cory Simpson remain suspended.

Collicutt has captured goalkeeper Andy Hannah on dual-registration forms from Gloucester City after he stopped playing for Mangotsfield United on a similar basis.

Hannah replaces Harvey Rivers who joined National League South outfit Truro City for an undisclosed fee.

Collicutt said: “Andy is a very good goalkeeper.”

Gloucester City loanee Adam Page is in contention to make his home debut for the Robins on the left flank after featuring last Saturday when Daniel Wooden scored the only goal for Moneyfields.

Fifth-placed Evesham are on a run of five matches without a victory in all competitions.

Collicutt’s side also face the daunting prospect of tackling Larkhall on a Sunday — a day Evesham have failed to win on in the past two seasons.

“For some unknown reason this season and last we have not been able to end that Sunday hoodoo,” Collicutt added.

“Larkhill always put out a good side so it is going to be difficult that’s for sure, especially with it being on a Sunday.”