BRADLEY OUT FOR 3 WEEKS
Bradley facing new lay-off
Stags striker Shayne Bradley is facing yet another injury lay-off after limping out of yesterday's 2-0 home reserve defeat by Hull City.
Bradley is back in the all too familiar surroundings of the treatment room for another two or three weeks with an ankle injury sustained near the end of the game.
Ironically it was the other ankle to the one that kept him out of the squad over the first two weeks of the new campaign.
Full backs Bobby Hassell and Allen Tankard did not play yesterday as the club decided not to risk them too soon but both should be involved in next Wednesday's reserve game with one eye on the QPR clash on Saturday week.
One success story yesterday was the reserve debut of defender Alex Baptiste who has just turned 16.
The afternoon began and ended badly for him as he put through his own goal after just six minutes and eventually had to go off with a knock.
But in the meantime he grew stronger as the game wore on and proved to be one of the home side's best players in the second half.
Baptiste was on the far post when he stuck out a leg to turn Scott Kerr's cross over the line to put Hull ahead. Nathan Peat volleyed home a second on 23 minutes and Stags were on the ropes.
They fought back after the break with far more possession though rarely looked like breaking through.
Indeed Hull could have extended their advantage as Mike Price thudded a shot against the Mansfield crossbar and Micheal Bingham denied Russell Fry in a one-on-one.
Bradley suffers injury blow
Mansfield Town striker Shane Bradley has suffered a further injury blow which will delay his first appearance of the season.
The 22-year-old injured an ankle in a reserve game on Wednesday and is set to be sidelined for three weeks.
Bradley had just returned from an injury to the other ankle sustained in pre-season and was on the bench for the Stags in their Bank Holiday weekend games.
He joins defender David Jervis on the injured list after Jervis picked up a foot injury which will keep him out for two weeks.
Boss Stuart Watkiss is also without veteran midfielder Scott Sellars, who starts a three-match ban for his sending off at Wigan a fortnight ago.
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