Archived News from August 2003
EATON FOUR WEEKS FROM FITNESS
28th August 2003 21:16
Adam Eaton is still absent from the squad and possibly will be for another four weeks or so Keith Curle told mansfieldtown.net today.
"He is working very hard to get back to full fitness but has to work within the thresholds of discomfort that he is still feeling. The original injury has been successfully dealt with and Adam is now concentrating on rehabilitation and strengthening work and he is desperate to get back on the playing field." He said.
News of the other absentees Luke Dimech and Tom Curtis are both positive with Curtis being fit and will be travelling to Swansea at the weekend for selection. Dimech who picked up a knock during International duty is not far away from full recovery.
When asked about the possibilities of signing Luke and Dave Artell on a more permanent deal when their short term contracts expire early in September he said:
"I am in the business of running a football team and the Chairman is in the business of running a football club. If the money is available I will spend it if not then I Can't. Both players know the score and know that any decision will be based purely on the available finances so let's see what happens."
Swans say all-ticket to Stags fans for Saturday's showdown
STAGS fans have been told they must buy tickets in advance for Saturday's mouthwatering clash with Swansea City at Vetch Field.
And the Welsh club have only sent 280 tickets to Field Mill.
Originally Stags understood there would be more tickets available after that initial 280 had been sold and that there would also be limited admission on the day.
But the Welsh club have now decided the game will be all ticket for away fans and Mansfield will be given no more than that initial 280.
However, Stags boss Keith Curle knows the 280 who do get in will give their all vocally for the cause as sixth-placed Stags, after scoring eight goals without conceding one and taking six points in four days, go head to head with a third-placed Swansea side who won their first three games, having scored 11 times but conceded eight in four games.
"Our support at Kidderminster and Southend has been phenomenal and I know the 280 that do get in will sing their heads off for us," said Curle.
"It will be a massive test for us there as we know they like to play fast, attacking football and they will sling the ball in from set pieces.
"But the banter in our dressing room has naturally risen this week and we are in a confident mood.
"People ask me if we would settle for a point at Swansea. But looking at our last two results and performances you have to ask would Swansea settle for a point? I think they would.
"And if they want one they will have to earn it.
"I know our last two performances don't guarantee us anything there, though. No one will give you anything - you have to earn it.
"It's a nice big pitch to play our football on. But we have to earn the right to play that football and, if that means us going toe-to-toe with them physically, we will do it."
Tom Curtis is back with the squad after an ankle injury, though after Tuesday's 5-0 demolition of Scunthorpe, the starting XI is likely to remain unchanged.
Maltese international Luke Dimech will have a scan on his knee this week after the knock he picked up playing for his country last week has taken longer to go.
However, he is not far off and the club hope the scan will give him the green light to step up training.
| August 2003