HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling is preparing to ‘use his squad’ ahead of their visit to Leamington this afternoon.

The Bulls played out a 3-1 win over local rivals Kidderminster Harriers on Boxing Day and are set to play 11th placed Leamington who have lost just home league game this season.

“The lads will do a cool down now, eat, drink and recover properly and go again on Monday,” said Gowling.

“We’ve been footballers a long time and know the Christmas period is what it is so we’ll have to use the squad.

“Whether or not it’s going to be that team (the same as against Kidderminster) or not we’ll wait and see.

“We’ll see how the lads react tomorrow morning (Sunday) when I speak to the physio. We will go there and look to get a result.

Defenders Kennedy Digie and Dan Jones are both close to returning after missing Saturday’s derby clash through injury.

“They both went running today (Saturday) so we will monitor it and take it day by day with them," added Gowling.

“They both had muscle injuries so you’ve got to make sure they’re right before putting them back in.”

Hereford welcomed new signing George Forsyth who came on as a substitute against Kidderminster who could provide some defensive cover.

“George has come in and there was one at the end when Yan (Klukowski) has come out of that pocket. George has just sat in as a defensive midfielder and made a great tackle,” added Gowling.

“We’ve seen George, know a lot about him, he can play centre half or central defensive midfield.

“He just has something we probably needed in the first half, the nasty side of things to win the ball back and just to have a bit of hustle and bustle, George has definitely got that.

“He just slotted in there and gave us that assurance at the back so our full-backs could get forwards and he just sat in front of the two centre halves and marshalled it.

“With injuries, and Luke (Haines) is back now but when he went back we didn’t have a natural defensive midfielder so getting George in and Luke back now who can play centre half. centre midfield, attacking midfielder or down the middle as well.

“We’ve got a few options in a few areas now.

Versatile loanee Luke Haines also re-joined the club from Swindon Town and slotted straight in against Kidderminster Harriers.

“Luke expects more of himself so is probably his biggest critic, so he wants to do everything right all the time,” added Gowling.

“That’s probably his age as he’s only 18 so when he makes mistakes, he’s probably going to get at himself more than some of the older more experience lads were.

“He has come in and we’ve beaten second in the league 3-1, it’s his first game for us since Southport away many months ago and he’s put in a solid performance.