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TERRAS: Injuries a concern for Weymouth boss Brendon King
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BRENDON King is facing a possible injury crisis ahead of the first game of the season at St Neots Town this Saturday.
Simon Evans, Michael Walker, Kyle Critchell and Jamie Symes have all been struggling for fitness of late while Ashley Wells and Stewart Yetton are both carrying knocks.
As a consequence, the Terras were forced to borrow a centre-back from opponents Gosport Borough in their final friendly at Privett Park at the weekend, which they lost 2-1.
Weymouth boss King told Echosport: “It was not a bad performance considering we had so many missing.
“Michael Walker is recovering from a hernia operation, so he was out, as was Nathan Walker, who was suspended.
“Kyle Critchell also missed out with a trapped nerve in his back while Jamie Symes has injured his groin. Add to that Simon Evans and Ben Wood, who was still away, and we really were down to the bare bones.
“In fact, we went up there with just 12 fit players, which included Ashley Wells, who was a doubt anyway and only played the last 20 minutes, and young Luke Chatterton, who is just 16.
“Luckily, Gosport manager Alex Pike was happy to help us out with a centre-half and afterwards I was delighted with how things turned out.
“We played some really good stuff at times and on another day we might have got a draw.
“Not only are they in the league above us now but they have also brought in a few more players since last season, so to put in the display we did in the circumstances was pleasing.”
Mark Ford got the goal for the Terras with a trademark finish while Ben Joyce shined in an unfamiliar midfield role.
King added: “Fordy did what he does best by getting in behind their defence for the goal and I also thought Ben did well in the middle of the park.
“He looked very comfortable in there and being such an intelligent footballer it is another option for us should we ever need it.
“We also brought off Stewart Yetton in the second half as a precaution due to a dodgy toe but he should be okay for the weekend and fingers crossed a couple of the others will be too.”
King has also responded to claims that Poole Town are considering reporting the Terras to the Football Association for allowing Luke Burbidge to play in a training match last midweek.
The 21-year-old, who signed non-contract terms with Poole three weeks ago, is still the subject of a seven-day approach from Weymouth and as a result should not have been allowed to take part in the workout.
King said: “I think wires have been crossed somewhere along the line. “The lad came to us and wanted to train and probably in hindsight perhaps he should not have.
“He didn’t take part in last Thursday’s session and hopefully the situation will be sorted soon.”
There have been claims that Burbidge is still unsure about a move to the Terras but King is confident he will be in his squad for Saturday.
He went on to add: “As far as I am concerned, as soon as the seven days are up he will be playing for us and available for the weekend.”
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