HEAD INJURY RULES PEACOCK OUT
HEAD INJURY RULES PEACOCK OUT
Evening Post, 19 November 2002
Lee Peacock's hopes of a goalscoring return to Field Mill with Bristol City on Saturday look to have been dashed after a horrific injury.
The former Stags striker, who scored 29 goals in 89 games before being sold to Manchester City for £500,000, had 35 stitches in a head wound after City's 7-0 win at Heybridge Swifts in the FA Cup and may have to have plastic surgery on his ear.
He was knocked out by the challenge from Swifts' John Pollard and was carried off on a stretcher, wearing a neck brace.
His chances of a return to action in time for Saturday appear to have been ruled out by City boss Danny Wilson.
He said: "It is a relief that things were not a lot worse. Lee was knocked unconscious and there was a lot of concern at the time.
"As it is, he will not be out for too long.
"It is too early to say when he will be fit again because you have to be very careful with head injuries."
Meanwhile, Mansfield boss Stuart Watkiss has said that Mansfield's dismal penalty record sums up the way the season has gone.
Liam Lawrence became the third Stags player to miss a spot kick in Saturday's 4-2 win over Team Bath in the FA Cup, after Wayne Corden had a kick saved at Stockport and Iyseden Christie scuffed one wide in the 6-1 win over Tranmere.
Watkiss explained why Lawrence took the kick on Saturday, despite the manager previously saying that Neil MacKenzie would take them.
"After I said that Neil would be taking penalties, he was mainly on the bench, so I told Liam that he had to take them."
"To be fair, I have never seen Liam miss one since he was in the youth team.
"But we have got to be more ruthless and missing three penalties is not good enough."
Last season's player-of-the-year, Bobby Hassell, returned to training today and Watkiss is hoping to fix up a reserve game for tomorrow.
Hassell, who has missed all but one game this term following a recurrent problem, could be tested in a match situation and Watkiss will be looking to boost the fitness of both David Jervis and Dion Scott.
He said: "Both Dion and David were on the bench on Saturday but they are still a long way from coming into consideration.
"David has only had 45 minutes in the last ten weeks and Dion has only played once all season.
"The reason they were on the bench was because we needed them and didn't have any others."
Former Stags star Lee Peacock looks set to miss out on Bristol City's game at Field Mill on Saturday after picking up a terrible head injury in their 7-0 FA Cup demolition job at Heybridge Swifts on Saturday.
Swifts skipper John Pollard stretched for the ball and clattered Peacock in the head.
The Scottish striker was stretchered off wearing a neck brace with suspected concussion and his ear split open which may require plastic surgery.
Nevertheless, Stuart Watkiss knows the Robins have a top-quality squad and said: "City are going well and have financial clout behind them.
"They have a good team with players like Brian Tinnion, Scott Murray and Peter Beadle and it will be a tough test for us."
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