TAFAZOLLI OUT FOR 4WEEKS /DEMPSTER OUT FOR 10WEEKS
Defensive duo face spells on the sidelines
mansfieldtown.net, 7th October 2014
Tafazolli and Dempster set for time in the treatment room.
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Boss Paul Cox has received a setback with the news that defensive duo Ryan Tafazolli and John Dempster are both set for spells on the sidelines through injury.
Scan results have confirmed that Tafazolli, who has been an ever-present this season, tore his hamstring in Saturday’s defeat to Accrington Stanley and will be out of action for up to four weeks.
Meanwhile, Dempster suffered a recurrence of a groin injury in a recent reserve team game against Scunthorpe United and will be sidelined until approximately Christmas.
Assistant manager Adam Murray said: “Tafazolli had a scan yesterday and he’s got a grade one tear in his hamstring, so he’s looking at between three to four weeks [out injured].
“John Dempster saw a specialist yesterday and unfortunately he’s going to need an operation, so we’re looking at up to 10 weeks for him.”
At present, it’s unclear as to whether a new face will be added to our squad before Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match away to Portsmouth.
“It’s disappointing that we’ve lost out on players in that area and it’s something that we’re going to have to look at,” continued the 33-year-old.
“Whether the manager is allowed to bring in somebody in that position is a discussion for the chairman and directors, but we’re going to have to look at that position as we’re very low in numbers.”
Asked about other injuries at the club, Murray added: “Luke Jones is obviously still a couple of weeks away [from returning], Chris Clements will hopefully be back in training next week, and Rob Taylor returns to training today.
“Then there’s obviously Liam Hearn, who is going to be a bit longer.”
Defensive crisis mounts for Mansfield
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, 07 October 2014 11am
Injury-ravaged Mansfield Town face a defensive crisis for this weekend’s trip to Portsmouth after bad news on centre halves John Dempster and Ryan Tafazolli.
But the Stags have decided to appeal against skipper and assistant manager Adam Murrays’ red card from last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat by Accrington.
Dempster has been struggling to return from a groin problem while Tafazolli went off injured on Saturday. Both were examined yesterday and Murray said: “It’s not good news.
“John Dempster needs an operation and will be out for 10 weeks and Ryan Tafazolli has a grade one tear in his hamstring and will be out for a month.
“John has been diagnosed with a Gilmore’s groin, which is a tear on both sides of the muscle.
“It is a specialist injury and he had to go down to London so they could test for it. At least it brings an end to the scenario of what the problem was as he was being treated in the dark here because we didn’t have the answer we needed.
“Luke Jones is another two or three weeks away so we are left with two recognised central defenders.
“It’s something we have to deal with. The gaffer will sit down and have a meeting with the chairman and board to see if we could bring someone else in. If not we will have to look at putting square pegs in round holes or change the formation.
“At least Rob Taylor is back in training and we hope to have Chris Clements back in the next 10 days.”
Murray was shown what looked a harsh straight red card near the end of Saturday’s defeat and he is hopeful he can get that rescinded before the weekend’s trip to Fratton Park.
“I basically didn’t think it was a red card,” said Murray. “If you look at the wording for a red card it has to be excessive force and, like I put in my report yesterday, I was simply trying to keep the ball in play and win a corner off their player.
“It was 82 minutes and we were 1-0 down and I was trying to get something positive for us. You can tell the way I approached the ball and bent my run to get round the defender.
“Down the years I have made some harsh tackles when I was not in control, but that wasn’t one.
“People know I am the type of lad that, if I had a rush of blood, I would hold my hands up. But on Saturday my sole focus was on the ball. Their player has leaned in towards me to shield the ball.
“The Burton lad who was sent-off here got his red card overturned and that was a lot worse than mine.
“I hope there is someone on the panel who has played football as that makes a difference. I was not out of control and didn’t go in two-footed. We will have to wait and see.”
Stags’ reserves went down 3-1 away to a strong Huddersfield Town in the Final Third Development League Cup yesterday, the vastly experienced Jon Stead netting twice for the Terriers and Alex Fisher with Mansfield’s goal.
Stags ran the rule over two unnamed central defenders ahead of Paul Cox meeting with the board to discuss the current injury crisis at the back.
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