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13th August 2002 13:19

Evening Post, 13 August 2002

Former England, Manchester City and Wolves central defender Keith Curle could be playing for Mansfield against Wycombe on Saturday.

Curle, who will be 39 in November, is set to be captured on a short-term deal to help Stags after Dion Scott was ruled out for three months with a shoulder problem and Matthew Gadsby was recalled by Walsall from his three-month loan.

He will not feature in tonight's match at Wigan as he still has to serve a suspension left hanging over from last season when he was at Sheffield United.

But he is expected to play 90 minutes in the reserves against Rushden tomorrow.

Stags boss Stuart Watkiss hopes to sort a deal out in the next few days.

He said: "Keith has agreed to come but we don't know yet whether we are talking about a week-to-week deal or a monthly one.

"He has made no secret that he wants to get into coaching or even the management side and the deal will reflect that.

"He has a great deal of experience and that can only benefit our lads. I would have liked to have included him for the game at Wigan but he could come in on Saturday."

Watkiss is likely to pick from the same players as those who secured the Stags' opening day win over Plymouth for the visit to the JJB Stadium. Wigan beat Cheltenham 2-0 on Saturday.

Watkiss said: "It will be the same lads but we might look at playing a different system in what is going to be a very hard game.

"But it will be quite an attacking line-up and we certainly won't be just looking for a point."

MANSFIELD (from): Pilkington, Reddington, Moore, Jervis, Sellars, Williamson, Disley, MacKenzie, Corden, A White, Larkin, Lawrence, J White, Clarke, Bacon, Christie.

WIGAN (from): Filan, Brannan, Jackson, De Vos, Kennedy, Teale, Jarrett, Dinning, McCulloch, Liddell, Ellington, McMillan, Greer, Roberts, Flynn, Yeomans.


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