EVENING POST PREVIEW
EATON IS SET FOR VITAL OPERATION
Evening Post, 19 September 2003
Mansfield Town defender Adam Eaton is set to go for a scan on his groin injury on Wednesday and manager Keith Curle admits it could be career-threatening if it is not treated.
The 23-year-old left back, who was signed from Preston North End last season, has not featured in the current campaign.
The injury is in his groin and hip joint area and will involve the reattachment of a ligament.
Roy Keane underwent a similar operation two years ago.
However, despite explaining the seriousness of the situation, Curle remains optimistic and hopes to have the defender, who started his career at Everton, back in action soon.
He said: "If it is not treated properly then it could be career-threatening.
"The scan will determine exactly where surgery will be required and then, hopefully, we will be able to get it done.
"Once that happens, he could be back in about four weeks and that would be like signing a new player."
Eaton is just one of several injury problems Curle faces before the clash with Nationwide League new boys Yeovil Town tomorrow.
Stags may have emerged from their clash against Bury with a 5-3 win on Tuesday but Dave Artell (hamstring), Craig Disley (knee), Tony Vaughan (ankle) and Tom Curtis (back) are all doubts.
Lee Williamson and Iyseden Christie will be serving the third game of their suspensions after being sent off in the recent 4-1 defeat against league leaders Swansea.
Curle said: "The physio is working all out to patch them up and hopefully we will be able to get them out there.
"A few of them might not be 100 but we have still got enough in the squad to put some training sessions together and, when one door closes, another one opens for someone else.
"Yeovil are still on the rollercoaster after getting promoted last year and they have been scoring goals while not letting many in. But it doesn't matter what team we put out there, it will be one that is capable of giving them a game.
"And, because we have scored 13 goals in the last three home games, I would like to think they were worrying about us.
"Goals are coming from all departments and, apart form the game against Bury, we have looked pretty solid at the back.
"No one has looked like doing to us what we have to other teams.
"Hopefully the public will come out in force again and give us the lift they did on Tuesday because it can really help the cause."
MANSFIELD (from): Pilkington, Hassell, Day, John-Baptiste, Artell, Vaughan, Disley, Curtis, Lawrence, Corden, MacKenzie, Mendes, J White, Clarke, Beardsley, Mitchell.
SAMMY'S IN THE RUNNING
Evening Post, 19 September 2003
Mansfield Town's football mascot Sammy the Stag will raise cash for kids in the Great North Run on Sunday.
Doug Carroll aims to complete the 13 miles from Newcastle to Sout in aid of the Get Kids Going charity, which provides sports wheelchairs for children.
Mr Carroll said: "I have a lot of fun with kids when I'm entertaining on match days, so I thought it would be good to do something for a children's charity."
Sammy the Stag will be collecting money at Mansfield's home game against Yeovil Town tomorrow, or call Wendy on 07903 489647 to make a donation.
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