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24th January 2005 22:25

mansfieldtown.net reports on the latest injury situation at Field Mill:
Derek Asamoah took a heavy blow on Saturday against promotion hopefuls Southend United. But Caretaker boss Carlton Palmer feels that he will not be out of his plans for Saturday's 'quasi derby' game at Lincoln's Sincil Bank stadium. Adam Murray is also a little sore from the hard fought game on Saturday but again should be in contention for the weekend.

Meanwhile long term sufferer Adam Eaton has gone under the knife and an investigation into the full backs problems have been identified as a fractured pelvis which meant that he could run in a straight line with little concern but twisting and turning was virtually impossible.

"At least we now know what the problem has been with Adam and hopefully now after he has recovered from the operation we can start work on getting him back to match fitness where he will almost be like a new signing" Said Carlton Palmer today.

Other players missing from the squad are Tom Curtis who reported back for training this morning (Monday) and will playing some part in tomorrow's reserve game against Rushden & Diamonds and Fraser McLachlan who is coming along fine and should back in training in the next couple of weeks.

Reserve team action tomorrow...
The Stags have not had a reserve team this season and many fans felt that this was having a detrimental effect on the younger players that wasn't getting enough a 'competitive' football under their belts. An Ideal that Caretaker manager Carlton Palmer agrees with:

" Not having a reserve side let's you down a little bit but then again you have to look have to look at it from the reverse side - it is important to bring the kids on and it is important for the lads who are not in the first team to get valuable football experience. But then when you look at when I came to the club we couldn't have fielded a reserve team, we barely had enough players to play a first tem.

"But, it is important to have a reserve team and it is something that we will take a good look at for next season"

with this in mind Palmer has arranged a friendly game against Rushden and Diamonds at Nene Park tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 25th January) - Kickoff 1.00pm.

"We selected Rushden because they have a good playing surface down there and there are a couple of trialists that I would like to take a look at. Also the players who haven't had a full ninety minutes recently will play a part in the game. Tom Curtis has trained today and is expected to play some part in the game as well" he told the official website.

Six Clubs Track Wolves Academy Rookie

Monday 24th January 2005

By Joel Reed

Wolves academy sensation Sammy Clingan is in the middle of a tug-of-war battle with six league clubs, who are all chasing his services, it was revealed today.

League Two outfit Mansfield have emerged as the favourites to capture the 21-year-old midfielder's signature after the club's caretaker boss Carlton Palmer admitted he is "very interested" in bringing Clingan to the Field Mill ground.

The Northern Ireland Under-21 international has had limited opportunities at Wolves failing to earn a first-team place amongst such a talented midfield hierarchy and this resulted in him being released on-loan earlier this season to secure some first-team football experience.

Clingan joined League One side Chesterfield on October 7 last year and during his three month stint at the Recreation Ground; he played 15 games, scored two top-quality goals and his talent was praised by Spireites boss Roy McFarland.

It is this type of recognition which has acted as the catalyst to attract interest from six clubs from both Leagues One and Two all wishing to bring Clingan to their respected sides.

The only man standing in the way other any transfer dealings is Wolves manager Glenn Hoddle who has only been in his new post for just over a month and is still monitoring Clingan's progress to address whether he has a future at Molineux.

Speaking about his intentions with Clingan, Mansfield caretaker boss Palmer said: "I'm waiting on Glenn Hoddle who has got him back from Chesterfield and is having a good look at him but he's said he'll keep me informed.

"That's the type of midfield player I'm interested in, but there have been about six other clubs after him both in our division and from the one above.

"But I'll keep abreast of the situation and keep looking for that type of player."
• Clingan has been called-up in to the Northern Ireland Under-21 team for a friendly clash against Scotland which is scheduled to be played on February 8 in Belfast.


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