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MAGPIES: Injury woe for Green
DANNY Green’s on-going injury woes are puzzling Dorchester Town boss Phil Simkin.
Green managed less than 10 minutes in Tuesday’s friendly against Yeovil Town before aggravating a persistent hamstring problem.
He is almost certainly out of the Magpies’ Skrill South encounter against Basingstoke Town on Saturday, and Simkin feels for the former Truro man.
After overcoming a serious knee injury sustained late last year, it had looked as though Green was set for regular first-team football.
But the defender suffered a hamstring strain during the FA Cup defeat to Shortwood United and hasn’t been able to get back to full fitness since.
“Danny passed a fitness test before the Yeovil game but overstretched a little bit and had to come off,” said Simkin.
“I don’t know where we go with him, he’s not having a lot of luck and it’s a difficult time for the lad.
“It just seems to be an on-going thing and we can’t seem to get him on the pitch – it’s a difficult situation.
“It’s hard for him. He’s a young lad and wants to play, and when he’S fit he is a really good player, but right now we can’t get him on the pitch.
“He got over his knee injury then picked up this hamstring problem and it’s proving hard to get rid of.
“We’ve given him the best treatment and he’s had plenty of time but for some reason he hasn’t seemed to recover, so I’m not sure where we go.”
Green aside, Simkin felt the Yeovil game was a useful run out for his men, even though they did finish on the wrong end of a 6-0 reverse.
“I thought it was a great fitness exercise for us and we competed well,” he added. “We passed the ball quite well and worked hard, it was better than any training session we could have had.
“We lost by six but there was a lot of good football played and they are a Championship side so are going to be fitter and quicker than us.
“They brought a strong squad down and our lads did well considering they were up against full-time professionals.
“Everybody is in with a chance of making the squad for Saturday and none of the younger lads did themselves any harm.”
*Magpies fans can tread the Avenue turf this Sunday when a team of supporters takes on a Heritage of Dorchester Volkswagen XI (1pm).
Admission is £1 and all proceeds raised on the day will go towards the county town club. Anyone who wants to get involved should call the club on 262451.
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