BURGESS OUT FOR FOUR WEEKS
Freak injury for Burgess
CHAD.co.uk, 18 January 2010
By John Lomas
STAGS could be without midfielder Andy Burgess for several weeks after he suffered a freak calf injury at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
Burgess, who only signed an 18-month deal at Field Mill last week, was forced out of the game early in the second half and will now be assessed to see how bad the injury is.
"It is a disappointment to us and the player and we will have the injury evaluated this week and hope it's not as bad as first feared," said boss David Holdsworth.
"It wasn't a tackle. Andy went up for a header and landed badly, straining his calf muscle.
"It was a big week for him last week, signing here and having the birth of his first child for which we congratulate him and his good lady.
"He was hoping for a run in the side to show us what he is capable of and it's a blow to lose a player of his calibre."
Burgess still has an FA hearing over his alleged contravention of FA betting rules hanging over his head.
The hearing was called off due to the snow but is now set to be heard this Thursday with Stags hoping he will escape without serious punishment.
Burgess is charged with two breaches of FA Rule E8a when he is alleged to have bet on the outcome of the Rushden v Mansfield game on 28th February 2009 and Rushden v Kidderminster on 15th November 2008.
Burgess was playing for Rushden at the time of the alleged offences.
Stags winger faces injury lay-off
Evening Post, January 18, 2010
MANSFIELD Town's Andy Burgess could be out for a month after straining a calf muscle at AFC Wimbledon.
The left midfielder was forced off early in the second half of the Stags' 2-0 defeat at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.
Burgess has just completed a permanent move to the Stags from Luton Town having first signed on loan at the end of November.
"Andy could be out for a number of weeks, which is disappointing to us," said Holdsworth.
"He went up for a header and it was the way he landed. He seems to have strained his calf.
"We are hoping it is not as bad as we first feared, but only time will tell. He was on crutches after the game.
"I think we are looking at three to four weeks as a minimum and we will make sure he is properly evaluated quickly.
"It is disappointing to lose someone like him because he was hoping to have a run in the side to show his capabilities."
Meanwhile, Holdsworth confirmed Burgess' FA hearing over charges of illegally betting on matches is set to take place on Thursday.
Marriott warns Nix on Stags return
Evening Post, January 19, 2010
ALAN Marriott says that the return of Kyle Nix will be like signing a new player – but warned the midfielder he will have his work cut out to earn a rapid recall.
Nix was beginning to win the fight to be first choice in the middle of the park for the Stags when he was injured in early October.
The former Bradford man is set to return from his ankle problem, following surgery, sometime towards the end of the month.
But goalkeeper Marriott says he will have to prove his worth before winning a place in the Mansfield starting line-up.
"Nixy is a fantastic player. He is a proper footballer but he still has the aggression and determination," said Marriott.
"He's as keen as a little boy in the back garden, he gives it everything.
"It is a shame he got injured when he did because he was playing fantastically well.
"But of course, there are a lot of other good midfielders at the club who all want to get in; there's a lot of competition.
"Gary Mills is champing at the bit to get back in and there is Jon Challinor, Soms (Matt Somner) and Ollie Hotchkiss.
"But Kyle will be just as eager and he will be working his socks off to get back in."
Marriott feels Nix deserves praise for the way he has fought back from a serious setback so quickly.
And he feels his presence in the dressing room once more can galvanise the rest of the Mansfield squad.
Marriott said: "He will probably be the only player who is so pleased to have had all these games called off, because it gives him more chance of getting back fit.
"Sometimes when you are stuck in the treatment room for weeks it can get very depressing – it's bad enough for just one day.
"But when you have someone coming back into training it can have the opposite effect.
"They bounce into the dressing room pleased to be back involved and that enthusiasm can rub off on everyone else."
Midfielder Andy Burgess is set to miss around a month with a strained calf muscle.
The former Luton man's FA hearing on the charge of illegal betting on games is scheduled for Thursday.
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