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REEVES TRAINING AT FIELD MILL
23rd September 2004 21:55


Reeves at Field Mill
CHAD website, 23 September 2004
FORMER Chesterfield star David Reeves was training with Mansfield Town this morning.
And there is an outside chance he could be involved in Saturday's squad for the big game at Scunthorpe United.
Stags have hit their first injury problems of the season and Jake Buxton, Derek Asamoah and Scott McNiven, who missed the midweek Carling Cup defeat by Preston, all remain doubts for Saturday.
Reeves (36) had been playing for Ards in the Irish League.
More recently he has trained with two of his former clubs, Carlisle United and Sheffield Wednesday.
"David is just looking to stay fit and find a club right now and we told him he could train with us today," said Stags boss Keith Curle,
"But I am aware he is a proven goalscorer at this level. We will monitor him in training and see if there is anything in his armoury we can use.
"It is unlikely he will be involved on Saturday but I certainly wouldn't rule it out."
McNiven remains at home with a virus while Asamoah's calf is still very sore.
Buxton akso remains a doubt with his cracked ribs. And Curle was furious with the small section of fans who had a go at Buxton during last weekend's game.
"Jake ia a credit to himself and the club," said Curle.
"He played for two weeks with cracked ribs. And, due to a lung infection, was only able to take in 70 per cent oxygen.
"So I think it was out of order for a small minority of people to try to demolish the young man. If they knew how much pain he had gone through in order to wear the shirt, there might have been a different reaction towards the lad."
Adam Eaton also remains sidelined and is seeing a specialist tomorrow to decide if he needs some injections into his hip or even an operation.
There is no evidence yet that the current hip problem is linked with the groin problem that has plagued him for two years.
Curle is relishing the chance to win and go top of the table at Scunthorpe and said; "We have had Scunthorpe watched and they are a very beatable side.
"I keep saying i will take no real notice of the table until we jave played 12-15 games. then we will see the eight or nine sides that are going to fight it out for the automatic promotion and play-offs spots."
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Keith Curle has been telling mansfieldtown.net that is looking forward to Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe after the 4-0 cup defeat against Preston North End: "We have to put the Cup run behind us now" he said "Some people are thinking that we put out a weakened side on purpose against Preston but I can tell you that this wasn't the case, we are a small squad and with the injury and sickness situation we put out the strongest side available. I like winning games so I will always select the strongest team for every game, league, cup or LDV. We now have to concentrate on our league campaign" he added.
"The game against Scunthorpe should be a real cracker, I think people will be looking at the games from last season, the 5-0 demolishing at Field Mill and a very tight encounter at Scunthorpe. We watched them and despite their position at the top of the table I believe that they are a beatable team. It's tight at the top of the table and as I have said before the table doesn't really start to shape itself until 12 to 15 games when you start to see the eight sides that are jockeying for the automatic and play off promotion places but even those teams in the top eight to ten positions are capable of upsets and Scunthorpe are no different.
"The games I have seen home and away have shown they are a versatile side that can change their formation in accordance with the way the game is going so it should be a great encounter.
"We still have three players struggling for fitness and it is going to be all hands on deck, we are still hopeful though that they will pull through - we still twenty four hours and a lot can change in that time Scott McNiven is still struggling with his virus and Derek Asamoah is struggling with his calf strain but hopefully he will be available on Saturday Morning. Jake Buxton is only capable of taking in 70% of his lung oxygen intake. I don't think a lot of people area ware of exactly how much Jake has gone through to wear the Mansfield Town shirt over the last few weeks."
Talking about the more long term injured Adam Eaton he said: "It is most frustrating for Adam he has now got to go and see a specialist in Cambridge and the likelihood is he will have to undergo another course of injections into the hip joint to solve the problem or at the worst case scenario he may need surgery. We have refereed Adam to some of the top people in the country to try and find out what the problem is as he is desperate to get playing again."
Meanwhile, three more trialists bite the dust. Two Austrians and one Australian attended trials with the Stags in yesterday's friendly against Doncaster Rovers but after having a good look at the players all three have been released. Keith Curle reiterated what he has said publicly many times before that he will only take on players that can be of benefit to the football club: "I will not bring in players for the sake of it, any player that comes to this football club will have to be better than the personnel we already have in the changing rooms" he said.

 

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