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TEAM NEWS: EASTLEIGH (H)

4 October 2021

Phil Brown reported more bad news on Monday morning with fears over Abu Ogogo’s long-term fitness.

The Blues boss revealed that the midfielder has a suspected broken foot, sustained going into a challenge in the 90th minute of Saturday’s defeat to Solihull Moors.

It’s on top of news that Josh Coulson has sustained ligament damage and is awaiting further news over how long he will be side-lined for.

John White pulled out of the warm-up and could also be an absentee for the visit of the Spitfires, but is hoping he will make himself available for selection for the game.

“Unfortunately, we’ve got a whole list of injuries at this moment in time," said Brown.

“If anyone is questioning commitment you can’t really question Abu Ogogo’s because he’s ended up possibly with a broken foot from a challenge that he made in the 90th minute when you’re 2-0 down.

“Josh Coulson has gone over on his ankle in his pursuit of trying to win a header, which is his job, but again he’s gone down, and the club captain in the warm-up.

“So we’ve lost three experienced players where that is concerned, but sometimes in the face of that adversity young players step up to the plate.

“I don’t know in terms of long-term. They’re certainly serious doubts for tomorrow night.

“If we have to rely on kids like Charlie Sayers and Rob Howard that have come through the ranks, they’ve been at the club long enough and know what it’s all about, if anything you’re going to get energy in your team.

“I’m not frightened of throwing a few young lads in.

“John’s is not as serious, it could be seven to 10 days but it depends on how he’s feeling.

“I know where John is concerned and he has to be 100 per cent to get out there, but hopefully he will recognise the seriousness of the situation and bring his A game to the table.”


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