VAUGHAN RULED OUT FOR ORIENT TRIP
Vaughan ruled out for Orient trip
STAGS are struggling for a left back for Saturday's trip to Leyton Orient.
With Adam Eaton injured and Jamie Clarke and Luke Dimech suspended, it now seems unlikely Tony Vaughan will have recovered in time to return to the side.
"All credit to Tony, he battled on for three or four weeks with a broken rib," said manager Keith Curle. "But he took a knock on that as well as a whack on the ankle and, although we were hoping he'd be ready for Saturday, he's had a slight reaction to the ankle injury and will probably be another week."
Youngster Jake Buxton is the most likely candidate to fill the left back berth.
However, Mansfield do welcome back midfielder Neil MacKenzie who will play with a protective cover on his broken fingers.
Despite the current and forthcoming suspensions, Stags still have surplus of strikers and Curle has allowed youngsters Chris Beadsley and Craig Mitchell to go out on loan to Worksop Town and Nuneaton Borough respectively.
Stags are heading for the capital looking to add to their current League sequence of three wins and a draw in four games and Curle added: "Orient are a physical team who like to get the ball from back to front very quickly, then get up and support to create as much goalmouth confusion as possible.
"But I do believe three points are there for the taking of we apply ourselves right and I have in mind a team capable of doing that."
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