DISLEY DOUBTFUL FOR SATURDAY
mansfieldtown.net reports that during a high tempo training session on Thursday, the Stags picked up a couple of knocks that could see some team changes on Saturday.
Craig Disley had to be carried off the training field following an aggressive tackle that left his knee swelling instantly. This was due to a damaged Medial Collateral Ligament. Curle explains: “the injuries picked up today show the dedication on the training ground, where we try to duplicate actual styles of play so we are ready for anything and everything in an actual game”
Another Stags star to limp off the training field was Lee Williamson, Lee again involved in a high tempo challenge limped off the pitch but should be okay to figure at Ashton Gate.
Notable absentees from training today were Adam Eaton who has been suffering for a couple of weeks now but his injury is been closely monitored by club Physio Ian Pearce to ensure that he can carry on playing during this crucial stage of the season.
Rhys Day too has had missed a couple of days training due to a similar complaint as Disley we will be looking closely at this and hope that he will be available for selection.
In his now legendary positive manner Curle explains: “These injuries are an upset but not the end of the world, fortunately I have other midfield players to fill the breach if necessary and it is in these situations that new heroes are born”
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Young Stags Chasing places
Some good news to come out of the Mill on Thursday is that four of the third year scholars have shown that they have what it takes to progress in the professional world of football and we can expect to see more of them in the Amber and Blue.
Alex John-Baptiste had already signed a professional contract for the Stags and seems to get better each outing he makes for the reserves. Craig Mitchell who is starting to become a regular in the selected 16 in first team games and who has already netted at professional level has agreed to sign next season.
Others to come up through the ranks are Jake Buxton and Chris Beardsley who have both made appearances as sub for the stags this season.
This is real testament to the youth setup and in particular the talents of Youth Coach Paul 'Dutch' Holland who has nurtured the talent that these youngsters have shown and brought them to the first step of the professional ladder
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