Plymouth top scorer available for Blackpool game despite being away on international duty with Wales U21s

Plymouth Argyle top goalscorer Luke Jephcott is available to play against Blackpool tomorrow despite being in line to feature for Wales Under-21s this afternoon.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 9:00 am

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The 18-goal forward is currently away with the Welsh youngsters, who face the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Wrexham at 1pm today.

It was expected that would keep Jephcott, who scored against Blackpool earlier in the season, out of contention for tomorrow’s clash at Bloomfield Road.

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But Argyle boss Ryan Lowe says that isn’t the case, revealing his striker will link up with the Plymouth squad in the North West after playing for Wales.

He told the Plymouth Herald: “He will be back with us Friday night and he will be in the squad for Saturday, provided no injuries.”

Jephcott has gone 11 games without a goal for Plymouth, but Lowe was pleased with his contribution during last weekend’s 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers, which ended Argyle’s five-game losing streak.

“I’m not really bothered what he does for Wales to be honest, with all due respect,” Lowe added.

Luke Jephcott scored against Blackpool on the opening day of the season

“He gets called up because he’s good enough to be called up. But it’s what he does for Plymouth Argyle, and what he did on Saturday (against Bristol Rovers) was excellent. His workrate and his overall play was very good, and his ball retention.

“Yeah, okay, he didn’t have many opportunities and didn’t score a goal but strikers are not always judged on goals.

“When your mate (Niall Ennis) is scoring two, you are there to do the dirty work for him at times, and that is what Jeps did.

“So if he goes and scores (for Wales) great, it will be good for him and his family.

“Will it give him that little boost of confidence to come back and potentially score for us? Possibly. But I’m just looking at it that when an opportunity comes I know he will take it.”

If Jephcott doesn’t start, Lowe has Ennis, Klaidi Lolos, Byron Moore and former Seasider Ryan Hardie at his disposal.

“Niall (Ennis) obviously scored two goals and the likelihood of him starting (against Blackpool) is very strong,” Lowe added.

“There is Ryan and Jeps, and Klaidi is an option as well, he has been fantastic.

"Is Jeps ready? We will wait and see, but we have got players waiting in the wings for an opportunity.”

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