Exeter City manager is still waiting on the fitness of David Wheeler, Ryan Harley and Jordan Moore-Taylor ahead of Saturday’s League Two trip to Swindon Town.
All three players missed out on Tuesday’s night 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup having picked up knocks in last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Cambridge United. Summer signing Dean Moxey is nearing a return as well, but the trip to the County Ground might come a week too early for him.
“Dean Moxey is getting closer to full fitness,” said Tis. “I don’t want to rule him out but maybe it is too early to put him in and risk him.
“He is coming along very, very nicely. We have had three knocks on Saturday which changed things a little for us on Tuesday. Ryan Harley, David Wheeler and Jordan Moore-Taylor all missed Tuesday’s game. I would like to get some of them, if not all of them, back into it on Saturday.”
City recorded their best ever total of away wins in a season last campaign when they won 13 games on the road.
“I think over the last three or four years we have had a good away record and that has been largely due to the type of players we have had,” said Tis.
“Certain players suit different scenarios and there are all sorts of circumstances involved with that form and we would like to keep it going but there is a constant change in personnel and that will affect how we play and what we are capable of. In a perfect world, we would like to keep that away form and improve our home form but it doesn’t always work that way.”
Asked what he was expecting of David Flitcroft’s Swindon side, Tis added: “They will surely be a contender for promotion. They have had this ability to get promoted out of League Two numerous times now.
"I’d be surprised if they are not challenging near the top third of the table come the new year but at the moment maybe there is a spell where their team settles in. However, that is me just surmising, I don’t know yet.
"We will find out on Saturday when we play them. And, as always, we need to be aware that good players can put in good performances and they can hurt the opposition.”
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