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20th February 2003 13:42

mansfieldtown.net reports that Neil MacKenzie has been declared fit by Club Physio Ian Pearce today. The only thing in his way now is Football fitness. Unfortunateey the recent spell of bad weather has meant the Stags have been unable to get in football training so even though Macca's injury problems have cleared up he is not necessarily match fit. "If we can get some days football training in between now and weekend MacKenzie could well figure in the team plans for Saturday's trip to QPR" Said Curle today.

Colin Larkin, another long term injured player, has been responding well to treatment and is not too far from returning to duty and should be figuring in the next few weeks.
For now however, he is the latest Stag to find the joys of fatherhood, his wife has been admitted to hospital expecting their first baby - more news of this will be published at mansfieldtown.net as it happens.

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Evening Post, 20 February 2003

Mansfield Town manager Keith Curle said today he will not be rushing striker Colin Larkin back into action as the Irishman continues to recover from his hamstring injury. Curle will be without Liam Lawrence, Andy White and Tom Curtis for Saturday's game against QPR but it is unlikely that either Larkin or midfielder Neil MacKenzie, fighting his way back to fitness after a cartilage operation, will figure.

The 20-year-old centre forward has suffered a succession of hamstring problems since he arrived at Field Mill in the summer for £150,000 from Wolves.

His last appearance for the Stags was as a substitute in last month's 0-0 draw against Wycombe and he has scored six goals in his 18 appearances this season.

He was due to make an appearance in the reserve game against Boston on Monday but, after the game was called off, Curle said he was giving the player a chance to get some training under his belt.

He said: "Colin was due to play on Monday but we won't be organising a game to rush him back.

"He has been back with us but has only done a couple of days training with us and I want to get him through a week."

MacKenzie has begun his rehabilitation programme and Curle has also been boosted by the progress of Allen Tankard and Scott Sellars.

With Iyseden Christie having played 35 minutes in Friday's 1-0 defeat at Colchester, Curle hopes the competition for places will help push the team out of the relegation zone.

He said: "With people coming back, that will obviously provide competition for places and you need to have that.

"These suspensions give players the opportunity to come in and then it is up to others to win back their places and that will help us to win the games we need to stay up."


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