INJURIES TO MACKENZIE AND CHRISTIE
Stags rocked by double injury blow
MANSFIELD Town have been rocked by two injury blows with Iyseden Christie and Neil MacKenzie ruled out until the New Year.
Christie is laid up with a badly bruised hip following Saturday's superb 1-0 win at Hull.
Now MacKenzie has joined him on the injured list after breaking three fingers in a freak accident at home.
Both will now miss the Festive fixtures at home to Rochdale on Boxing Day (3pm) and at Macclesfield on Sunday (3pm).
Stags have revealed that Christie was taken to hospital in Hull after the game. "Iyseden was taken to hospital in case of internal bleeding and was kept in overnight on a drip.
"He was discharged on Sunday and sent home to his family. It will probably come out as severe bruising in the next couple of days and will probably be 10 days before he can play again.
"Then we got a call from Neil MacKenzie on Monday morning to say he'd injured his hand at home, had it X-rayed, and there were three broken fingers.
"The lad is absolutely devastated after scoring such a cracking goal on Saturday to win the game.
"He will be unable to play for at least two weeks then we will look at the possibility of putting a medical cast on the injury."
Adam Eaton, who played his first game of the season last week, is not being pushed too hard after so long out and is unlikely to figure as he continues his slow rehabilitation.
Stags will be looking to build on that sparkling away win at promotion rivals Hull City with their Christmas fixtures against sides at the wrong end of the table.
"The games are coming thick and fast and that's how we like it here," said Curle.
"Although Rochdale are struggling we've had good reports on them. They are playing better than their position denotes and I am sure they will give us a game here.
"Saturday's win at Hull was a great occasion.
"Our following was incredible and their vocal support throughout the 90 minutes much appreciated. I think their backing and the result shows we are going in the right direction."
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