STAGS LOOK AT RYAN WILLIAMS/BRISCOE OUT FOR 3WEEKS
Wednesday, 25th February
Stags have revealed Louis Briscoe could miss the next three weeks with his back injury. It is a blow for David Holdsworth who is already without the services of Scott Gardner and Alex Jeannin and has major worries over Rob Duffy ahead of Saturday's trip to Rushden. Briscoe took a knee in the back at Oxford last weekend and his back went into spasm. It would appear he has damaged back ligaments and is to be sent for an X-ray to confirm the extent of the damage. Broscie confirmed on Monday that the injury was still 'very sore'.
Stags suffer Briscoe injury blow
Evening Post, February 25, 2009
MANSFIELD Town's Louis Briscoe will be out for at least three weeks after his back injury was found to be worse than first feared.
Full story at Evening Post website here
The diagnosis comes as an immense disappointment to manager David Holdsworth who said: "Louis was just starting to show what he could do at this level.
"The kid was very exciting to watch and it's a blow to him and us.
"But it looks like ligament damage in his back so we have to be careful, send him for an x-ray and take advice.
"Hopefully it will only be for three weeks and no longer."
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He has been trailing loan strikers at League One and Two sides but with no luck.
But the Stags boss has given a trial to their former player Ryan Williams.
The 29-year-old has been released from his contract at Weymouth after they had been unable to pay him this year.
Williams came through the ranks at Field Mill as a teenager and has gone on to make more than 300 senior appearances for the likes of Tranmere, Hull, Chesterfield, Bristol Rovers and Aldershot.
"Ryan is disappointed with what has happened at Weymouth, but he has had to be proactive and is training with us," said Holdsworth.
"He can play on both wings and there is no doubt about his quality. We will have a look at him but it will come down to a number of things, including finance."
Any deal agreed would be until the end of the season when Williams and the Stags would look at things again.
Mansfield's final game of the season at home to Stevenage has been put back a day until Sunday, April 26 (4pm).
Stags' reserves lost 1-0 against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough yesterday. Akpo Sodje scored for the Owls.
Stags linked with move for ex-player in Weymouth clearout
CHAD.co.uk, 24 February 2009 , By Tim Morriss
FORMER Stags player Ryan Williams could be on his way back to Field Mill.
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
Williams (30), along with the Weymouth first team squad, has not been paid in 2009.
The club has debts of £300,000, lost 9-0 to Rushden at the weekend when it fielded a youth team and is expected to go into administration or liquidation.
"I wanted to have a look at Ryan," said boss David Holdsworth
"He is a Mansfield boy who certainly has lots of quality and ability.
"It is a case of if we can find a solution that suits everyone. I want to attract good players to Mansfield Town Football Club."
Williams trained with the squad at Field Mill on Monday. He started his football career at the Stags as a junior, playing in 29 matches in two years from 1995-97.
The midfielder left the Mill in a £70,000 move to Tranmere and also commanded fees of £85,000 and £150,000 in transfers to Chesterfield and Hull City.
In more recent seasons he has been in the BSP with Forest Green, Aldershot and then Weymouth.
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