There has been some comments on the forum of late about the injuries to the squad and whether there was any update.  Co-manager Anthony Johnson has spoken to the website this morning and given us a full update as to what is happening.

Skipper Andy Dawson’s cruciate ligament injury has been operated on and he will definitely miss the remainder of the 2013/14 season.  However, Jonno has said that, “it maybe longer than we hoped too.  This kind of injury is never good and always takes a long time to heal and, as robust as he is, it is going to be a long haul so we will just wait and see.

“The problem is that he has had this kind of injury before so the recovery time is always likely to be longer, but that will depend on how he gets on with his rehab and also how he feels as we believe that it wasn’t just a straight forward cruciate injury, there were a few complications.

“Obviously, it is really disappointing to be missing such a key player in our defence but he will do all he can to get back playing – but in his own time, we certainly won’t be pushing him.”

Striker Jon Robinson has had a scan on his ankle last week and, shortly after we spoke to him, Jonno spoke to Robbo.

“The consultant has been in touch and he does need an operation on his ankle, so that will rule him out for the rest of the season as it will probably take 2-3 months to get his date.  The consultant has said that there needs to be some work done down there with some cartilage needing shaving and there is also a micro-fracture as well.

“But, he has not retired or quit the club.  He will have the operation, go through his rehab and see how long it takes and then he will probably make a decision then.  We all know what Robbo is like and he will want to be back playing and scoring goals!”

Chris Denham missed the last match against Lancaster City with the recurrence of a groin injury that he had an operation on while he was playing at Chorley a few seasons ago.  He pulled up during the Ossett Albion game last Tuesday night and Jonno has said that he might be out for a while as well.

“Chris had an operation on his groin while at Chorley and it was quite a complex thing, he said.  He felt it tear again against Ossett and we gave him a rest for the Lancaster game hoping it would be ok, but he has done some personal training and let us know that it hasn’t improved so we have no real time scale as to when he is going to be back playing, which is a real blow for us.”

On the plus side, Dominic Smalley is back in training and will rejoin the lads on Thursday evening at their session, but Jonno did express that he will continue to take it easy and won’t push him too hard at the moment.  “He has been out for 6 weeks but has done a bit of running in his own time so we just need to get him match fit and he should be back in a couple of weeks time.”

And it is hoped that Cedric Krou’s international clearance issues, which have been ongoing since he signed for the club some three weeks ago, will be resolved soon and the Frenchman can start playing.  “It has been really frustrating for us and for Cedric that he hasn’t been able to play as we all thought that his international clearance would have been sorted by either FC United or Trafford.  But we have put in our requests to the FA and we hope it will all get sorted very soon.”

So is the squad looking a little bit thin at the moment?

“No, I wouldn’t say it is,” Jonno expressed.  “People have been saying to us about whether we should go out and sign more players but what happens when those injured players come back and we have a playing squad of 18-20+ players.

“We have got a really good squad here and the majority of them can play in different positions.  We had a couple of players on loan but they were sent back, Tom Brooks left and Phil Edghill went to Salford so we have had quite a turnover of players this season, much more than we normally have.

“But Scott Burton has come in and down a great job for us and this also gives players like young Tommy Toth a chance to stamp their authority on a place.  We also have some great lads out of the Academy, who are flying down at Rochdale Town in the NWCFL so our squad numbers are not too bad but we will have a look around and see whats available and take it from there.

“It is more about short term cover really, so maybe signing some players on loan or, if they fit into our plans, sign them fully.  We are going to be missing Gary Stopforth for a couple of games coming up so we will have to play it by ear a bit.”

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