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Five players out of action as injury crisis hits Lincoln City

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 23, 2012

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Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth is surveying his options

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Lincoln City are facing a desperate injury crisis this weekend which looks set to derail their early season form.

The Imps have so far claimed one win out of their opening games, but have been competitive in their defeats against big-spending Newport and Cambridge.

However, any hopes of them being able to continue this progress were dealt a major setback with news that five players are out injured.

Rob Duffy (ankle), Peter Bore (groin) Adam Smith (hamstring), Jamie Taylor (thigh) and goalkeeper Paul Farman (knee) are looking unlikely for Saturday's Blue Square Bet Premier home clash against Macclesfield at The 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium.

Manager David Holdsworth is surveying his options, but admits he is being realistic about the chances of bringing in extra bodies in the face of a heavily restricted playing budget.

"This is a heavy blow, but it is a tough test for us," he said.

"We have got to be practical about it and try to manage with what we have got and the size of the problem."

Despite the loss, Holdsworth is remaining positive and believes that the character of his side will not be knocked by the number of absentees.

"I'm delighted with the players that I have got. We've got a great team spirit and the mentality is fantastic," he said.

"There is a togetherness in this squad which is first class and that has been reflected in the performances."

Holdsworth has had to be cautious with his players in training this week, conscious that he is running short of bodies to make up a squad.

However, he has been casting his eye over possible recruits to be drawn in with forward Mo Farfana and midfielder Ashley Dunn on trial at the club this week.

Dunn has played for Fleetwood and Witton Ablion, while Farfana has been plying his trade in Sweden.

"I'm not going to sit on my hands and not do anything," stressed Holdsworth.

"We're going to look at alternatives, but it all goes down to the budget as to what we can afford.

"I'm realistic and I know what I have got to work with, so we just carry on.

"I know whatever happens this weekend the team will go out committed and determined to get results against Macclesfield and Gateshead."

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  • JonnyImp  |  August 23 2012, 9:09PM

    Could we revert to being a proper football club and secure sufficient investment to challenge for promotion to the football league where we belong.There is a book launch tonight about Keith,s life and times,"There or thereabouts".WE ARE NOT ANYWHERE NEAR THERE let alone thereabouts he would not be happy, and as Graham Taylor would say " am I not liking this". So far we have had to put up with two money spinning pre season fixtures being cancelled at a reported loss of £60,000 revenue for what appears on the outside as spurious reasons or lack of finances to host a real football match with a real football club with real football supporters, and one win in three or 3 points in nine .I hope we dont rue the fact that we got relegated by loosing our opening matches.It doesnt look good for Saturday and Monday either, sorry but, it has to be said the old guard need to go.Unless the matter of finance is fully addressed finally we are going to have to put up with this for the rest of the season .Crisis what Crisis?.

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  • nigelsparky  |  August 23 2012, 10:32AM

    I agree redimposter in giving some of the young lads a run out, however I wouldn't go with Turner in goal, I would certainly be recalling Draper as he is a far better keeper than Turner. Ability wise Draper is on a par with Farman now, with great potential to advance to a higher level, I would say at least Championship, and Turner has no more experience than Draper.

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  • redIMPoster  |  August 23 2012, 10:16AM

    Crikey - let''s hope some of this turns out to be pre-match hype because if not then we have lost our goal scorer, a half decent winger and our first choice goalie. Having said that it does give Holdsworth a chance to try something different on Saturday if all these injuries remain. It is worrying though especially as Mills and Power (to name just 2) are also playing with injury niggles. Personally (at this stage in the season) I think it may be no bad thing that some of our youngsters get a chance to play and Turner gets a chance to play in goal. Rushing in new players that have not had much chance to play with the squad is not the answer on this occasion and I am sure others will agree that using our current squad may be our best bet. Anyway - as long as the 11 on the field give as much effort as the team has on previous games so far we should have ourselves a good match on Saturday - just don't forget your yellow socks!

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  • nigelsparky  |  August 23 2012, 9:59AM

    This is the problem you get with a limited budget, the dreaded injury list. Maybe he'll recall from loan the likes of Barraclough, Draper and Cunningham, and possibly give Robinson a start or at least a place on the bench.

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