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INJURY NEWS PRE-BLACKBURN

11 August 2014

United manager Russ Wilcox has revealed that the club are still waiting for midfielder Dave Syers to undergo a scan before knowing the exact severity of his injury.

Syers was substituted in the eleventh minute of Scunthorpe’s 3-1 defeat at Swindon Town on Saturday with a knee injury and it is currently unknown how long the 26-year-old will be out of action.

Wilcox admitted that the early signs aren’t positive and could look to bring an extra body in to cover the void left in the centre of the park.

He told The Iron Player: “We’ve not had chance to scan him yet but it’s not looking good.

“He left the ground in a brace and on crutches and I spoke to him on Sunday and he’s still very sore.

“We’re hoping for good news but fearing the worst at the moment.

“We might have to look into bringing someone in to cover for him so it’s a blow for us but that’s where everyone else has to step up to the mark.

“Apart from Dave Syers and Dave Mirfin everybody else is fit and available.”

Another player that will definitely miss the next few games is left-back Marcus Williams, who was sent off during the game against Swindon at the weekend.

And Wilcox revealed that player/coach Andy Dawson will be given game time in Williams’ absence.

“I’m going to slot Andy in there and it’s a big opportunity for him,” Wilcox continued.

“I spoke to him in the summer regarding his role and he wants to push further into his coaching position but he’s in a similar situation to the one I was in when I was player/assistant manager.

“I can remember a season when I was 37, expecting to play one or two games and ended up playing 37 so myself and Andy spoke in the summer and I told him he might play two games or he might play 30.”

Dawson has been training with the squad all summer and featured in a handful of United’s pre-season friendly fixtures.

And Wilcox stated he has no qualms about handing the full-back a place in the team.

He added: “He’s got the qualities, he’s played at the highest level and his attitude and application is first class.

“There’s an opportunity for him tomorrow, he’s ready to go and he can use his experience.

“He’ll have a calming influence on the rest of the team and it’s a great opportunity for him.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox and Eddie Nolan on The Iron Player ahead of the trip to Blackburn.

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