HASSELL NOT HAVING SURGERY AFTER ALL!
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Hassell in surgery U-turn
mansfieldtown.net reports that Bobby Hassell has shown a dramatic response to some hard training at the end of last week and it now looks as though surgery may not be required. Hassell was due to have surgery today to try and sort out his knee problem which has kept him out almost all season.
Stags physio Barry Statham explains "We spoke with the consultants on Tuesday but have found it hard to find a definitive problem with Bobby's injury. Therefore we pushed up the training last week and today he has shown hardly any reaction so the surgery has been cancelled. He will be stepping up the training again this week and if he progresses further then he may rejoin full training next week."
Stags boss calls on fans to help topple Cardiff
BOTTOM club Mansfield Town aim to make sure the millionaires of Cardiff City know they have been in a game when they visit Field Mill on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
And Stags manager Stuart Watkiss is calling on the Mansfield public to turn out in their numbers and shout them to a shock win.
The Bluebirds are locked on 31 points with Wigan at the top of the table and, with Stags' home record this season, this one looks like a stroll in the park for the Welshmen on paper.
But Stags boss Stuart Watkiss said: "Cardiff are flying, but we will ask a question of them.
"Let's see if they fancy going away to the bottom club on a Tuesday night. If they win, we will pat them on the back and wish them all the best. But they may just come here and not quite be up for it.
"I can understand our fans feeling pretty low right now and being concerned about the rest of the season.
"But if ever a game needed them to turn out in their numbers and get behind us, it's this one.
"I know our home form has not been good and there are a lot of doubters out there. But the players need you there behind them."
With the curent injury list, the team and formations almost pick themselves as they did at Swindon on Saturday.
The only player with an outside chance of returning tomorrow is striker Iyseden Christie who has been out with a foot injury.
On-loan pair Tony Vaughan and Colin Little will make their home debuts.
Moore boosts Mansfield
Mansfield have been boosted by news that defender Neil Moore will be fit to face Cardiff at Field Mill.
Moore suffered a kick to his stomach in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Swindon but has been given cleared to play.
Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington returns after being rested at the weekend but Iyseden Christie is still struggling with ankle ligament trouble.
Midfielder Colin Larkin is definitely out because of a hamstring injury, but on-loan duo Colin Little and Tony Vaughan are expected to feature.
Cardiff City must do without Andy Legg for the trip to Mansfield.
The defender limped off in the first half of the 4-0 win over Tranmere with a hamstring injury and has not recovered in time to face the Stags.
His place in the team was taken on Saturday by Chris Barker, who is in line to start at Field Mill.
There are no other new injury worries for the Bluebirds, who have Scott Young still struggling with a back injury.
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