Injury Update

Nick Wilson caught up with Dan Brownlie following Monday afternoons win where the manager was quizzed regarding injuries and players coming back into the squad over the coming weeks:

“Lewis is the only long term injury we have and even that timeline is yet to be formalised so we await to hear on that side. James Haworth had a slight tweak after the game on Saturday and we didn’t think his inclusion was worth the risk in potentially worsening it on Monday, although we’d already decided before the game that we were going to make changes. But, he’ll be fit and available for the weekend.”

“We’ll make a decision on Daryl Wollers and George Reid on Friday and see how they react to our session tomorrow [Thursday] evening. Stefan [Brown] we’re being slightly more patient with, we want him fully fit before coming back into the fold – that said, what he is doing off the pitch currently is worth his weight in gold. His experience being passed onto some of our younger players is proving pivotal. He’s not come here to be a cheerleader, and we know we’re going to be much stronger for having him back – but we want to make sure it’s right and manage him properly.”

“Lloydy is going to be a doubt for the weekend after picking up a knee injury on Monday. Gideon [Physio] is going to be doing some assessment work with him tomorrow – so we’ll see where we are then.”

“On the plus side, we got Aidan Lewis through a full game on Monday which was great. He was in great form during pre-season and we’re looking forward to seeing him back at his best. Dunny completed another 90 minutes on Saturday afternoon and we wanted to rest him on Monday, we’re still building Dunny up. Whilst it may have looked like a bit of a gamble leaving him on the bench, we know the quality of young Kial Mumford.

“It was a good moment for Kial, it will do wonders for his confidence. We’re going to be looking to get him out on loan at some stage to gain some regular first team football in the same way that we did with D’andre Brown and Lloyd Snell – those that have seen those two young men play will appreciate the difference in them this season.”

“We’ve a good honest group, and despite injuries to some important players – they’ve all dug in for each other. The boys who are injured are playing their part too it must be said. Sums it up with Lewis Hayden – only speaking to him yesterday he’s more disappointed in not being able to help his teammates out than he is about the actual injury. Typifies this group.”

“I need to give some of the boys a break at some stage, they’ve played a lot of football in a tight space of time after a lengthy lay off, so we’ll do our best to do that – although it’ll probably be me dragging them off kicking and screaming, but they’ll know its for the greater good.”

“There is a growing togetherness surrounding the whole club at the moment, and long may it continue. The foundations of that were laid by Terry and Kevin’s hard-work in an undoubtedly difficult period for the club and the good work has continued under the leadership of Jack. Fans and players appear as one, and I think more so than ever people are beginning to understand the depths of efforts that goes on behind the scenes by a small team of hearty volunteers. We’ll have ups and downs across the season, that’s football – but if we stick together, we’ll be stronger for it.”