CHESTER CITY last night signed ex-Barnsley and Rochdale midfielder Leo Bertos who will go straight into the squad to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carling Cup first round tie at Molineux tonight.
The 24-year-old New Zealand international goes into a City squad that has been decimated by injuries.
City manager Keith Curle said: "Dave Artell, Abdou El Kholti, Marcus Richardson, Gregg Blundell and Craig Dove are all out."
Besides Curle's injury problems, Ryan Lowe who scored City's goal at Rushden at the weekend, before being sent off for dissent in the final minute, has been handed a two-match ban which starts immediately and rules him out of tonight's game and Saturday's home league match with Darlington.
Curle played with Bertos during his time at Barnsley and knows the player well. He said: "He plays on the right side and certainly knows his way to goal which is a bonus. In fact he scored a goal against Chester for Rochdale last season."
Curle spent four happy years at Molineux, and is relishing the opportunity to return. He said "I've been back to Molineux a few times and I have always been exceptionally well looked after.
"Molineux is a fantastic stadium and it's a place where players are eager to play, no player from Chester will go there and embarrass themselves. We can play football and we've earned the right to play football. We will cause Wolves a few problems."
Wolves will be without ex-Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince, however new signing, Darren Anderton, is expected to be included.
CHESTER CITY (from): Mackenzie, Brookfield, McNiven, Dimech, Bolland, Regan, Vaughan, Drummond, Walker, Curtis, Davies, Branch, Bertos, Hessey, Curle, Holroyd, Scales.