NO NEW FACES
No new faces as Stags wait on Hjelde
CHAD website, 31 August 2006
MANSFIELD Town have fresh doubts over central defender Jon Olav Hjelde's fitness ahead of tomorrow night's (Friday) trip to Wycombe Wanderers (7.45pm).
But manager Peter Shirtliff said he had no plans to bolster his squad ahead of tonight's midnight transfer deadline.
Hjelde played the first half-hour of Tuesday's reserve friendly against Chesterfield to try to prove he had recovered from his hamstring injury.
Initial reports from the club sugested Hjelde had come through fine. But Shirtliff revealed this morning that he had brought Hjelde off as a precautionary measure as he had felt a tightening of his groin.
"We brought him off as a precaution and we will just have to see if it settles down in time for Friday," said Shirtliff.
"It is a blow as he was playing quite well at the time."
Today's transfer deadline looks set to come and go at Field Mill without any activity.
"There were a couple of possibilities but nothing permanent," he said.
"In the end I decided just to wait a bit. If I want to bring someone in on loan then I can do that again after next Thursday.
"But I don't think there is a lot wrong with the squad I have got and we are only five League games into the season. So there is no panic.
"I don't see a reason to change things around too much at the moment.
"We do need to turn some of our draws into wins and we should have more points on the board than we have. But I am in no rush to dive in to get people in on loan.
"I think last week's defeat against Lincoln was a freak result and we actually played quite well."
Shirtliff added that he did not expect any of his players to be leaving the club today either.
On tomorrow's game, he said: "Wycombe have had a good start and picked up a good number of points so we know it will be a difficult game.
"Being a Friday night there will be a good atmosphere there. But we played well at Grimsby on a Friday night a couple of weeks ago and if we play that well again then we could get a result.
"Wycombe have similiar players to last season and Easter and Mooney up front are a threat.We know we will have to be at our best."
French defender Vincent Fernandez is expected to be involved for Wycombe after joining on loan from Nottingham Forest with manager Paul Lambert saying another new face could be signed today.