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31 March 2021

Defender John White is likely to be missing for a few weeks with the arm injury he sustained in Saturday’s game against Harrogate Town.

The centre back came off at half-time and went straight to hospital for an x-ray which showed there was no break.

However, an MRI scan has shown some damage around the ligaments and tendon.

White said: "I knew I had done something and the way I’m trying to look at it is it could have been a lot worse.

"With the previous injury to my forearm, there was everything going through my head that potentially it could have happened again. So I was very pleased to find out there was no break in there, but also alongside that is the disappointment knowing that I’m going to miss some football for however long it’s going to be."

Although frustrated that he won’t be involved in some upcoming games, White was pleased to learn that he won’t need an operation and is remaining positive to help come back quickly.

"There’s two ligaments that have possibly been sprained and some disruption around one of the tendons in there," he added.

"It appears that it’s not the major ligament, which is a good thing, and it doesn’t need surgery at this point, so that’s another positive to take from it. It will be quicker than if I was to have surgery. I’m just trying to be positive to help with the healing process and I’d be disappointed if I’m not available for the majority of the games left.

"I believe a positive mental attitude will help the body speed up the healing process so hopefully I won’t be missing too much."

As captain, White will continue to be a vocal presence around the team.

"The way things are, the time of the season it is and how important every single minute of every game is, it’s going to be hugely frustrating not to be able to contribute more than being a voice around the players.

"I don’t want to miss a minute, let alone games, so I’ll be doing all I can to get back as quickly as possible.

"I like to help those around me when I’m on the pitch but it’s probably even more important, now I can’t be on the pitch, to be a voice in the dressing room to help carry on the run we’re on and progress it on to another win.

"It’s a crucial time and every minute of every game is important. Tyler [Cordner] stepped in on Saturday and did a good job so for now I’ll be helping those boys that are on the pitch and in the squad be ready for every battle coming up."

Blues face Carlisle on Saturday looking to build on the 1-0 victory against Harrogate.

"The boys are in a good place after Saturday’s win and winning breeds confidence," said White.

"It’s been frustrating when we’ve dominated games of late and haven’t been able to make things count. There’s no point looking back now, but we are trying to build on it and confidence comes with winning games.

"If we can go on a small run of games where we pick up those extra points where we’ve been getting those draws it will make things easier.

"Every point is crucial and we will be going out to win every single game left."

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