DEARDEN MAY BRING IN LOAN CENTRE-HALF. BAP LATEST
Alex John-Baptiste has now missed more than a month and is to have an injection in his injured back on Thursday.
Physio Paul Madin told Evening Post: "He (Baptiste) has no chance of playing on Saturday. It takes 48 hours for it to take effect, so that game will be too soon. But there are plenty of games in February, so there is no point rushing him. Bap could have an operation but it is very risky as a football player and something you might want to pursue once your career is over. A complete rest would help because he has been playing non-stop since he was 17."
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Stags boss considering move for centre half
Stags boss Billy Dearden is considering bringing in a loan centre half next week.
Mansfield conceded three more goals at home on Saturday and, with Alex John-Baptiste and Martin McIntosh no nearer a return from injury, Dearden must consider his options.
"Bap is seeing a specialist this week and we will just have to see how Martin is," he said. "But I may have to bring one in. We have a lot of games coming up this month.
"I know we had to change things again on Saturday with Dan (Martin)being out. And I was quite happy with the back four in recent games against Middlesbrough and Lincoln.
"But poor defending cost us again on Saturday. We give away too many silly free kicks and that gave the their first goal.
"The second was nothing special, they just ran off us, and the third was bad defending."
Martin was suspended on Saturday and also nursing a dead leg. That has improved but he is now off with tonsilitis and facing a race against time to be fit for Saturday's trip to Wycombe when Stags will also be without the suspended Simon Brown.
McIntosh had to return home at the weekend following the death of his brother-in-law but was back at Field Mill this morning.
Reserves' fightback too late
Mansfield Town reserves' second half fightback wasn't enough as they lost 4-2 against a Notts County side in a friendly at Gedling this afternoon.
Stags found themselves trailing 4-0 at the interval before Rob McCormick headed home a Nathan Arnold cross and then Arnold pulled another back when home keeper Tim Sandercombe couldn't hold onto John McAliskey's effort.
"It was a good work out in difficult conditions," said boss Billy Dearden.
"It was blowing a gale and raining. We didn't perform at all in the first half. But it was a lot better in the second half and I was quite pleased with them."
Stags fielded two unnamed foreign trialists, but Dearden said: "None of them caught the eye and didn't do enough to warrant staying here. We won't be inviting them to stay longer."
Simon Brown, Jason White, Danny Sleath and Rory Boulding all got some football under their belts.
Stags reserves take on Notts
Mansfield Town will send a reserve team to play Notts County reserves at Gedling today (1pm).
Stags boss Billy Dearden was planing to give new striker Jefferson Louis an outing to improve his fitness but, with four players on the treatment table today and Simon Brown about to serve a one game ban, he has decided not to risk him.
But there will be outings for Jason White, John McAliskey, Rory Boulding, Simon Brown, Nathan Arnold and Danny Sleath plus a couple of overseas trialists.
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