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Watson provides injury update

By Dan Simmonite | 29th August 2019

Steve Watson has provided an injury update regarding Dan Maguire and Paddy McLaughlin, with both players unavailable and Steve McNulty doubtful ahead of Saturday’s fixture against Gloucester.

Maguire has played a total of 135 minutes this season after a full game at Altrincham and playing a half against Brackley Town earlier this month.

The summer signing had an operation yesterday and is now expected to be in recovery for 6 weeks.

The gaffer explained: “We have come to the conclusion that we have to get it completely right and that will involve a minor operation.

“It’s a huge blow, but credit to Dan and Paddy, they have both tried to play through a little bit of discomfort and it wasn’t getting any better, so we had to make that decision.

“For the foreseeable future, certainly the next half a dozen games, we will be without Dan.

“With Paddy it might not be so long and hopefully within the next three to four games.”

Steve McNulty also took a knock in Saturday’s home draw to Gateshead, coming off in the 8th minute with what Watson describes as a minor injury.

He said: “That’s a concern as well - he is still not feeling great and it’s only two days away from a long away trip – with the type of injury it is, it might not be the most beneficial thing especially with another huge game on Tuesday at Guiseley.

“We will asses him today [at training] and will make a decision because we are not going to make him travel down to Gloucester with what may be a high hamstring injury.”

Watson must also decide whether to dip into the loan market with three of his players out but insists that the depth in his squad can provide cover for such injuries and players are ready to step up and take their chance.

Watson added: “I think whoever we’d get on loan at this stage of the season would be young lads, but we’ve already got a few as cover who have impressed this season.

“Harry [Spratt] and Josh [King] can both play right or left side at centre half, in which case Sean Newton and Joe Tait go and become the central one.

“For the sake of a week or so I’m not going to bring a player in for three or four months.

“The only thing we might do with Dan [Maguire] being out so long is look at a bit more cover up front, maybe for a month, but as of yet we have not thought about it and will get through the next two games and make a decision.”

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