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19th January 2024 16:17

@mansfieldtownfc, Mon 15 Jan 2024
Manager Nigel Clough has this morning confirmed that forward Rhys Oates will be out of action for nine months with a knee injury (cruciate ligament).
We wish Rhys all the best with his recovery.


Rhys Oates blow for Mansfield Town raises urgency for new striker
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Mon 15 Jan 2024

Mansfield Town are staying patient over their number one January transfer target, despite devastating news over the injury to striker Rhys Oates.


Stags this week got the news they had feared on the Oates injury.

“He has had the scans and seen a specialist and he is actually going in for an operation this week which will see him out for probably the next nine months,” said Clough.

“He has done his cruciate ligament and a bit of his miniscus as well which is a side issue.

“It is a huge blow - as a big a blow as Alfie Kilgour's injury was to us.

“It is devastating - for Rhys first of all and then for us. We miss him. Every time he is not available on the bench or starting we miss that sort of player.

“It's very difficult to go and replace them.

“It was a bit of an innocious one against Stockport where he has just fallen awkwardly and that is the third major long term injury for him in the last 12 months which I think is higher than average.

“He was scoring goals, making goals and just being the threat that he is.

“Every time he is on the pitch he has an effect, there are not many players out there like that.

“He will be a big miss, not just for this season but for the start of next season as well. We'd love to sign another Rhys Oates - even on loan - for the next three months. But they are not out there.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Boss on Stags’ search for striker acquisition
mansfieldtown.net, Mon 15 Jan 2024

Manager Nigel Clough has provided an update on the club’s search for a striker in the January transfer window.


The gaffer went on to provide the injury latest, including the extent of Rhys Oates’ knee injury.

“He’s [Rhys Oates] had scans and seen specialists and he’s going in for an operation tomorrow which will see him out for the next nine months.

“It’s devastating for Rhys, first of all, and then for us.

“We miss him every time he’s not available on the bench or starting. We miss that sort of player.

“It’s very difficult to replace them.

“That’s the third major one [injury] in the last 12 months which is higher than average.”


rhysoates37 on instagram, 17 Jan 2024

Absolutely gutted to be writing this post. After the injuries I have had over the past season and half I entered 2024 feeling fit, health, and positive about the rest of the season. Yesterday I underwent surgery to reconstruct my ACL, so now the focus is on getting back to full fitness. Will be supporting the lads from the sideline for the promotion push

One or two of the many replies:

Back bigger and stronger the bull

Card school isn’t the same

Soon be back charging around

Be back in no time brother

You’ve got this mate



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