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MANAGER: He thought he could run it off

An injury update from Paul Simpson

4 February 2023

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MANAGER: He thought he could run it off

An injury update from Paul Simpson

4 February 2023

United fans will have spotted that midfielder Owen Moxon limped off the pitch with five minutes left to play and manager Paul Simpson confirmed this evening that it’s a dead leg and a case of fingers crossed as we wait to learn the extent.

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“It’s just a dead leg more than anything,” he told us. “He picked that up and he thought he could run it off, but obviously couldn't, and he was just getting a bit restricted.

“It was a case of all hands to the pump and when you’ve got somebody like Jamie Devitt, or even if it was Alfie McCalmont who we'd made the call on, we had players who were capable of going in.

“Dev come on, and he put a good free kick in and then he had another strike that the keeper tipped over. So, we've got good options in there.

“It was a case of getting him off and making sure he's okay and we'll get him nursed through this week and hope he's okay.”

“Omari got what I thought was a bad tackle as well,” he continued. “Unfortunately their lad Kayne Ramsay who tackled him - I don’t know what he’s done but his face is smashed in.

“I don’t know how that happened but it looked a bit of a reckless challenge on Omari and he’s sore from that. He’ll probably need some treatment. For me it was a dangerous tackle and hopefully Omari isn’t too bad, and hopefully Ramsay isn’t too bad as well.

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“There was a lot of blood around his face so he obviously has some kind of problem. On Mox, I’m hoping it’s just a dead leg and hopefully he’ll be fine for next weekend.”

Missing from the squad today was defender Joel Senior, but the gaffer also confirmed that there are no concerns on that front.

“Joel is fine,” he said. “I made the decision to stick with Ben because I thought he deserved to go again with the way he played the other night.

“Joel has been absolutely brilliant to get himself fit again after 10 months and we just have to make sure we keep looking after him and building his strength up.

“We want to get him to the point where he’s smoother in everything he does, but I’m really pleased with Ben and what he’s produced so far in the two games he’s played.

“A week without a game now gives us a chance to get everybody freshened up again,” he continued. “It gives them all an opportunity to get a good week of training in and freshen up.

“I’m quite sure there'll be a lot of tired bodies in there as well because of the work they've put in. It's a good opportunity to get everybody freshened up, ready to go again.”


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