Bradley Wright-Phillips will not be in Plymouth Argyle squad on Saturday
STRIKER Bradley Wright-Phillips will not play for Plymouth Argyle against Oldham Athletic at Home Park tomorrow (3pm).
Manager Peter Reid revealed the 25-year-old was not in the right frame of mind after his £300,000 transfer to Reading fell through earlier this week.
The deal collapsed because of a knee injury which has troubled Wright-Phillips – League One's 13-goal top scorer – for much of this season.
Reid admitted there was a "conflict of opinions" over the way forward for Wright-Phillips.
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He told The Herald: "I have had a chat with Brad and, mentally, he's not right for tomorrow so he won't be involved.
"He has spoken to a consultant who has advised him that he should do some rehab work for at least a month.
"As a football club, we have been managing him through this and we have done it well. He has got 13 goals in 17 games.
"But the most important thing is how the lad feels. This weekend is definitely a no-go and then we will have a chat with him on Monday.
"It's a delicate situation because he has been told a certain thing by a consultant and we have been managing his injury in another way, so there is a conflict of opinions on it.
"It's something we will all look at after the weekend."
Wright-Phillips had agreed personal terms with Reading and was set to sign a two-and-a-half year contract, until his medical raised concerns over his knee injury.
Reading pulled out of the deal as a result, but have not ruled out making a move for the striker in the summer, when he will be a free agent.
Reid said: "Where we are now, we have just got to get on with it and move on.
"The most important thing is getting Brad right, physically and mentally.
"He has been doing a lot of travelling, he's tired and it's a huge disappointment for him."
Wright-Phillips was given permission to discuss personal terms with Reading last Saturday.
He was absent when Argyle lost 3-0 at Bournemouth the same afternoon, and also for the 3-2 defeat against Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium on Tuesday.
Argyle football consultant Peter Ridsdale would have put the fee received for Wright-Phillips towards paying off the club's outstanding tax debts to HM Revenue and Customs.
That would have led to the transfer embargo on the club being lifted by the Football League.
Reid could have then made a couple of loan signings before the game against Oldham.
But the collapse of the Wright-Phillips' transfer has put paid to that.
Reid said: "It's a blow, but it's just the way it is. We have got to get on with it."
Ridsdale now hopes the embargo will be lifted next week, when other sources of money are available to him.
Meanwhile, Reid is to talk to new Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell about striker Rory Fallon.
The New Zealand international has been on loan to Ipswich from Argyle since November.
Fallon has made four starts and two substitute appearances in the Championship for Town and scored one goal.
He has not been eligible to play for them in either the Carling or FA Cup.
Fallon was taken to Portman Road by former Ipswich boss Roy Keane and his loan ends on January 22.
Reid will want to find out whether Jewell is interested in signing Fallon on a permanent transfer.
If not, the Pilgrims' boss might try to bring him back to Home Park before January 22 because his squad has been so depleted by recent departures.
Reid said: "I have tried to get a call in to Paul Jewell, and to Ipswich as well, about the Rory Fallon situation.
"I don't want to comment on it until I have spoken to Paul."