ON-LOAN defender Luke Woolfenden will remain sidelined for Swindon Town’s League Two fixture at home to Forest Green Rovers tonight with a calf knock, while Matt Taylor’s chances of playing remain hanging in the balance.

Woolfenden missed his first Town game since early November on Saturday as Richie Wellens’ side defeated Milton Keynes Dons 3-2 away from home.

Taylor, meanwhile, returned to the starting XI at Stadium MK after being restricted to the bench since Lincoln City’s visit to the Energy Check County Ground in mid-January.

Both doubts have left Wellens unsure if sacrificing ‘accomplished’ areas of the pitch in return for a fresh formation would be a wise move.

Wellens said: “Forest Green changed their shape on Saturday, but then went behind so reverted back to their old system.

“I would imagine that they will start with three men at the back. They’re a very open and good football team.

“We want to fill the right areas of the pitch so they can’t get around us.”

Town boss Wellens is not short of attacking options, having drafted strikers Theo Robinson and Ben House into his squad over the January transfer window – adding to his previous available choices up top that included Marc Richards, Keshi Anderson, Kaiyne Woolery and Scott Twine.

While Robinson made his starting debut against Milton Keynes, House has found minutes harder to come by since his switch to SN1.

He has so far appeared from the bench twice – against Macclesfield Town and Crawley Town – and registered one assist from those two games.

Wellens revealed that the Reading loanee was due to start in the initial staging of tonight’s fixture on February 2, before it was postponed due to the inclement weather.

“Ben has done well,” said Wellens.

“It’s unfortunate that the game against Forest Green was called off – he was starting in that game.

“He worked on the Wednesday and Thursday (before the initial date) but couldn’t make it in on the Friday because of the snow.

“That put a doubt in my mind whether to start him or not. Then the game got called off, and he couldn’t make training on Saturday.

“By then, Theo Robinson had joined and I decided to go with him.

“Ben has trained great. He has trained really well and he has a lot of potential.

“We’ll try and get him some more minutes. The nature of the last couple of games has made it difficult to get him on the pitch.

“He’ll get minutes, there is no doubt about it.”