Mansfield Town midfield tiger Jamie McGuire is walking a suspension tightrope at Morecambe tomorrow.
McGuire is on nine yellow cards with a two game ban looming if he picks up another card like suspended pair Anthony Howell and James Jennings have in the last two games.
But Cox will continue to pick the player and expects him not to change his game in any way.
“I can’t protect him – that would be unfair on the player and the other players who can play in that position,” said Cox.
“We had three of them on nine yellows and now two are suspended. If they get booked, they get booked. We have to deal with it.
“I thought Jamie was a bit unlucky to get booked at Hartlepool. In his mode he is brilliant. He covers every blade of grass and wears his heart on his sleeve. Ask any of the players, he is a dream to work with.”