MIDFIELDER GOES UNDER THE KNIFE
Evening Post, 05 April 2007
Mansfield midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea today followed Jake Buxton under the surgeon's knife in a bid to cure an ankle problem.
The former Manchester City player has not responded as well as the Stags had hoped to resting his injury.
That prompted the decision to 'clean out' the area, which is expected to rule the 21-year-old out of action for two to three weeks.
Buxton had an operation on his knee on Monday and is set to be out for a similar period.
"I thought Jon would be available for this week but it's not responding to treatment so we want it sorted out," said manager Billy Dearden.
"It is a big blow for the club, the team and him personally," "He was probably playing as well as he had for a long time and he's one of my key men in midfield.
"With him and Jake both having operations it is two of my main players out for three or four matches and we have already missed them already."
Stephen Dawson (hamstring) and Jon-Olav Hjelde (calf) are also struggling to make it for Saturday's visit of Bristol Rovers.
Callum Lloyd is back in training, but he has not played a senior game for over a month.
Dearden said: "It is not the ideal time because it is a busy period with the two games over Easter, but we just have to get on with it."
New Stags blow as D'Laryea has operation
CHAD website, 05 April 2007
MANSFIELD Town suffered a new blow this morning as midfield ace Jonathan D'Laryea underwent a minor ankle operation.
It means he will definitely be unavailable for the Easter matches at home to Bristol Rovers (Saturday, 3pm) and at Peterborough United (Monday, 3pm).
Stags are already without Jake Buxton, Jon Hjelde and, probably, Stephen Dawson but did expect to have D'Laryea back.
"We were hoping Jon would be fit this weekend but his ankle just hasn't been responding to treatment this week," said manager Billy Dearden.
"He went to see a specialist and they decided to go into the ankle and give it a clear-out which will probably rule him our for two or three weeks.
"It is a big blow for the lad and for the club. Jon had been playing as well as he had for a long time recently and was one of our key men in midfield
"I can't see Stephen Dawson being fit for this weekend with his hamstring and Callum Lloyd is back in training but hasn't played for over a month.
"So right now Bryan Hodge is our most experienced central midfield player - and he has only played six League games and is 18 years old."
As well as one central midfield player, Dearden is also down to one central defender in Alex John-Baptiste with both Buxton and Hjelde ruled out.
Last weekend he dragged Gareth Jelleyman across to central defender and Asa Charlton on to play left back and that is likely to remain the same for the visit of Bristol Rovers.
"Easter is a busy period and we have just got to get on with it," said Dearden.
"It is no good moaning and groaning - we are not that type of club. Whoever goes out against Bristol Rovers I expect 100 per cent from them and I can't ask any more than that.
"With players out it gives others an opportunity and they have to come in and show they can do the job.
"We are playing two teams who are in with a chance of the Play-offs still which is good for us as we have given a good account of ourselves against better teams in the League this season."
Stags have not won in four games while the Pirates have won three of their last four League outings and pushed League One Doncaster Rovers all the way in last weekend's Johnstone's Paints Trophy final in Cardiff.
Monday's opponents Peterborough have won four of their last seven and only lost once in that time.
WORRIED ASA HOPES TO MAKE HIS MARK
Evening Post, 05 April 2007
Asa Charlton today admitted his days at Mansfield could be numbered - but he hopes to end the season on a high.
The left-back's substitute appearance at Wrexham was his first appearance since Billy Dearden arrived as manager just before the turn of the year.
With his contract up at the end of the season after signing a short-term deal from Redditch in November, the 29-year-old knows his lack of first team chances does not bode well. He hopes to take advantage of injuries to defenders Jake Buxton and Jon-Olav Hjelde to make a last-ditch bid to stay at Field Mill.
"It's been really frustrating and it does get you down when you're not playing," said Charlton.
"It feels like your time is wasting away because I'm only signed on until the end of the season and I haven't got a lot of time to make an impression.
"The fact that I have played so little could be a nail in my coffin. I'm just hoping for a chance. Maybe now I will get it. It has been a long time coming. I'm not sure what the gaffer wants to do with me for next season. I'm just hoping to play in the next game."
Charlton put in a composed performance to help the Stags to a 0-0 draw at the Racecourse Ground.
He said: "It's been a while since I played and I found it difficult at first because of the speed. Everyone was going ten to the dozen. But it was good when I got into it."
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