With Neal Bishop now added the extensive list of injuries, United manager Russ Wilcox provided an update on those players already in the treatment room.News emerged following the Fleetwood Town game that goalkeeper James Severn would miss the next six to eight weeks with a thigh injury, with further developments also confirmed for fellow shotstopper Sam Slocombe is also set for a similar spell on the sidelines.
“I’ve just come off the training ground, so I haven’t got the full information on Sam yet,” he told The Iron Player.
“I’m sure the physio will tell me this afternoon, but reading into what he has told me before and speaking to Sam, it will be a couple of months. There’s some damage in there and without the scan we knew that, so we’re just waiting for that to be confirmed.”
He added: “I don’t think we’re going to see Sam for a couple of months.”
David Mirfin underwent surgery before the start of the season, and looks set to progress to the next level next week as he looks to ditch the crutches, as confirmed by Scunthorpe’s boss.
“Hopefully he’ll be at the next stage next Friday, when he gets rid of the crutches,” he continued.
“He’ll be onto weight bearing, but again there’s still a long way for him to go to be fully fit. He’s got another pre-season to do, which is a five or six week block to get his fitness.”
He added: “Then he needs games for match fitness, so for me he could still be another couple of months away.”
With injuries continuing to plague his side, Wilcox admitted he is still looking at potential additions.
“We’re still looking – we have to,” he stated.
“We’re thin on the ground and we seem to have more players in the treatment room than out on the pitch at the moment. Like I said before, that’s football and we have to deal with that.”
He added: “The Chairman has been very supportive regarding that at bringing people through the door. Again they have to be the right players to add to the quality we’ve got in the group.”
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