PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies have found themselves with an unscheduled mid-season break.
The Pilgrims have not played for the last two weekends and will not return to action until February 24.
They should have been playing Cardiff City this coming weekend but the Bluebirds now have a re-arranged FA Cup fourth round match to play.
Cardiff should have played Durham last Sunday, but bad weather meant the match was postponed and re-scheduled for this weekend.
Argyle’s match with Cardiff on April 7 is also in doubt as Wales are due to play the Czech Republic that weekend and a number of City players are likely to be in the squad.
But the break in action does give the Pilgrims, whose last match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the opportunity to get some of their walking wounded and injured players fully fit again.
Long-term injured striker Natasha Knapman, who damaged her ankle against Milton Keynes in September, is making good progress with her rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, Argyle will be in the Devon Senior Cup final again after Plympton pulled out of facing them in the semi-finals of the competition. The Pilgrims will face either Exeter City or Buckland Athletic in the final on April 12.
Argyle’s development team have also not played for two weeks and are without a game until February 21 when they face St Agnes in the South West League Western Division.
Their mid-season break has come at a good time as they have been struggling badly with injures. Sidelined at the moment are goalkeeper Claire Squires, Shania Fenlon, Kiara Robins, Maya Ridge, Rachel Heron and the influential Rachel Javan.
That list has also been added to with news that team captain Alex Hugh has been playing in recent weeks with a stress fracture in her foot.
Manager Rob Bonney said: “Alex has been complaining that her foot has been sore and that she has been feeling some pain during games. I have said before that these girls are too brave for their own good and in the end the pain became to unbearable so she had it checked out.
“Obviously it’s a setback but we move on and it is a chance for another player to step up to the mark.
“The remaining players have been training hard and have been keeping up to match speed by playing games against the first team.
“It is a chance for the girls to catch the eye of the first team coaches plus they are fortunate to be able to play with and against such classy opponents.”