Decision time on Reds duo

John Gregory

John Gregory

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Crawley boss John Gregory is set to make a decision on the futures of Charles Banya and Raphael Speigel after today’s game with Swindon.

Speigel’s loan from West Ham expires on Monday but Gregory is keen to hang on to the Switzerland Under-21 goalkeeper for another month.

Banya signed a short-term contract before the opening game of the season at Barnsley following a successful trial and impressed Gregory when coming off the bench at Oakwell and in the Capital One Cup victory over Ipswich.

The former Fulham winger is likely to feature again against Swindon with Gregory hinting he would like the 20-year-old to stay on a more permanent basis.

Gregory said: “We are trying to speak with Big Sam (Allardyce, West Ham manager) with regards to what we do next with Raphael so there is a chance he will stay.

“Charles has done well in the two games he has come on and is very much part of my plans for today’s match. He is a lovely kid and has a lot of ability so we’ll sit down after the weekend and talk about his future.”

Banya’s hopes of making his full debut against Swindon could be scuppered by the return of Gavin Tomlin.

Tomlin has recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered in the final pre-season game against a Chelsea XI and is expected to start alongside Izale McLeod up front.

Skipper Josh Simpson is only rated as “50-50” to be involved due to the ankle injury picked up at Barnsley while striker Matt Harrold will be out for another ten days following knee surgery.

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