Lomas sweating on Sandaza

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Francisco Sandaza

St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza is "touch and go" for Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Motherwell, according to manager Steve Lomas.

The Spaniard, who has eight goals to his name this season, missed last weekend's defeat of Hearts with a thigh injury.

Lomas said: "Fran is touch and go for the weekend. We will give him every opportunity to play."

The Northern Irishman, who will be without Frazer Wright, Jody Morris and Cillian Sheridan, trained his players next to their opponents on Thursday.

With outdoor facilities a problem given the snow, rain and storm-force winds of this week, only a curtain separated Motherwell and St Johnstone at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in the Lanarkshire town.

But Lomas said: "It wasn't a problem. Motherwell, if they are anything like us, will have us well-scouted. We are just worried about ourselves."

Saints can give themselves the chance of moving third with victory over Motherwell, who they trail by four points, ahead of their rearranged home game against Aberdeen.

Lomas said: "The lads are professional enough. They are just looking at it as another tough game coming up and looking for that level of performance that we've had in the last three games."

Meanwhile, Stevie May has followed younger players such as Liam Caddis and Stephen Reynolds in going out on loan, with Alloa his destination until mid-January.

"At the start I said it wasn't fair on young boys who get to a certain level and are not playing football," Lomas said. "They have got to be getting out to play some football."

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