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MAGPIES: Spell on the sidelines for Jamie Gleeson
DORCHESTER Town have been rocked by the news that Jamie Gleeson faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
Gleeson, pictured, seen as the heartbeat of the Magpies’ midfield, is out for four to six weeks after suffering ligament damage during last Saturday’s defeat at Concord Rangers.
His absence is another setback for the county town side as they try to recover from a woeful start to the new Skrill South season.
Manager Phil Simkin knows all about Gleeson’s injury having gone through the pain of it himself – and he is fully aware how big a loss the midfielder will be.
“Glees is a massive loss for us,” he said. “It’s a long time to be missing someone of his quality.
“He is a players’ player and does all the running and tackling – he’s like gold dust to be honest and we are going to miss him terribly.
“I had that injury myself years ago and it is very painful because it stretches the ligaments and all you can really do is rest it.
“These things seem to keep happening to us at the moment.”
There is an outside chance that, should he come through training this week, Jake Smeeton could return to the fold after fracturing a toe two days before the league opener at Staines.
“Jake is getting very close and has done as much training as he can, but toes are always difficult,” added Simkin.
“We’ll look at him in training tomorrow to see if there is any chance of getting him in the squad for the game on Saturday.
“He would be an ideal replacement for Glees and could do a great job in the midfield if he is fit.”
Simkin will also assess the fitness of Nick Crittenden after he suffered a knock to his ankle against Ebbsfleet and missed the Concord defeat.
An already thin squad is set to be stretched even further this Saturday for the home encounter with Bishop’s Stortford.
As well as Gleeson, the Magpies are definitely going to be without keeper Alan Walker-Harris and defender Charlie Clough, who are both serving one-match bans.
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