Luton Town have a play-off place in the palm of their hands – but they’re still at risk of falling out of that top six with one game left to play.
However, last time around though they were hammered 7-0 by Championship winners Fulham – but there was one absentee during that game. That was Allan Campbell, who looked like he could play a part only to be pulled out before the game kicked-off with an injury.
The 24-year-old has been a regular in the side throughout the campaign so far – but in that defeat, he was forced to sit out and Nathan Jones has told Luton Today that he ‘felt his hamstring’ so didn’t want to let the player do any further damage by featuring against the Cottagers.
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The Hatters man has played 32 league games so far this season for the club, with four goals and two assists along the way. He’s been solid for the side in the middle of the field and his reliability has been key for the side in their battle for a play-off spot.
Right now, Luton have a top six spot locked down but based on results in the final week of the season, they are at risk of falling out of the play-off spots. The Hatters are sat in sixth but if they were to lose and Middlesbrough in seventh were to win, they would see themselves miss out on a potential promotion opportunity.
They’ll want Campbell fit and firing for both that final game of the season and potentially for the play-offs too – so Jones admitted to Luton Today, he didn’t want to risk any further damage to the player.
He said: “He just felt his hamstring, so we can’t risk him.
“There’s no point risking him for this game as it’s a tough game anyway, and then have him miss next week which arguably, is not more important, but it’s logical what we did, so we had to pull him out, as if we risk him and he pulls something.”
Allan Campbell has been a reliable face in the centre of the field for Luton this year, with the 24-year-old being a mainstay in the side and featuring prominently during this play-off chasing campaign.
When it comes down to the crucial stage of the season then, the club will need their most prominent players to be involved in the squad. This certainly classifies as that, with the side needing their best players in case they end up in the play-offs.
They also need to ensure they get a positive result in their final game of the season. If they don’t, then there is every chance that all the hard work they have done this season could unravel within the final week of the campaign.
Nathan Jones then probably made the right call in withdrawing him – even if they did end up being hammered by Fulham.