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Injury list grows at the Terras
WEYMOUTH’S growing injury list is proving a major concern for boss Brendon King ahead of tomorrow’s FA Trophy home tie against in-form Tiverton Town (3pm).
Alex Jeannin, Sam Poole and Scott Walker are all struggling to make the first qualifying round clash while others are carrying knocks as the Terras’ thin squad continues to be stretched to the limit.
King told Echosport: “It was like an A&E waiting room earlier in the week when Emma Tonkin (physio) had them queuing out the door.
“Alex and Sam are both major doubts, I am still waiting to hear on Scott and there are several others struggling with knocks.
“It looks like we will just have to hold a roll call and see what we have got from there.
“It is not an ideal situation by any means ahead of a big FA Trophy game against a Tiverton team that is flying at the minute but that is the way it is and we just have to get on with it.
“They are unbeaten in six and second in the league below (Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West), so we know it is going to be difficult, but having said that if everyone is fit and we are on it, we will be okay. We are certainly not taking it lightly.”
King went on to add: “We have played a lot of games since the start of the season and there is no doubt it has taken its toll.
“In fact this is the first week we have not had a midweek game.
“When you are playing Saturday-Tuesday all the time it makes it very difficult and there is very little you can do in terms of training because you need to give players time to recuperate.
“It is far from what you want as a manager but everyone is in the same boat and all you can do is try and get through it the best you can.”
One piece of positive news for the Terras is that they could have a new face in the squad tomorrow.
Following just one win in seven in all competitions, King has been keen to strengthen certain areas in his ranks but he is still refusing to give anything away.
He said: “There may be one new face in there for the Tivvy game but it depends on whether the paperwork gets done in time.
“It is going to be a race against time so once again we will just have to wait and see on that.
“We could really do with a positive result this weekend to boost confidence but there is no doubt we have some good players here so it is certainly not all doom and gloom.
“In an ideal world we would be able to pick from 17 players and have a lot more options but unfortunately we haven’t had anywhere near that for a couple of weeks.
“I am pleased to say though that Ashley Wells has now returned to light training. He has been working really hard and it is great to see him on the road to recovery.”