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INJURY UPDATE FROM JOHN STILL

4 December 2014

Hatters boss talks injuries ahead of Saturday's cup tie

The Town are set to be without a number of players through injury for Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie at Bury.

John Still had the following to say about the injured members of his squad at his pre-match press conference on Thursday:

Paul Benson (broken leg)

“For Paul, if he had to have a fracture in his leg, it was in the right place for him. If all went well, we’re looking at six weeks, so it’s disappointing but it’s just one of those things with our attacking players at the moment.”

Shaun Whalley 

“Shaun took a knock on Saturday and it stiffened up. If we had a gun to our head, and if it was the last game of the season and we had to win it, we’d probably push him to play.

“I don’t know how long he’d go, but in doing that, we might knock him back a bit further, and it’s coming up to a busy period in Christmas.

“If the game was Tuesday or Wednesday, he’d probably be okay, but he won’t make Saturday.”

Luke Guttridge (metatarsal) 

“We’ll know a bit more today [Thursday] about him.

“It’s the original injury he had, we tried to go really carefully with that early on, we didn’t push it early on in the season.

“We brought him in gradually, he played a few, not many, but he’s agitated it a little bit, so we’re getting a specialist to see it and that will give us a better idea.”

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu (hamstring)

“He’s had this problem with his hamstring and we’ve gone really steady with him.

“We played him in the development game and he just overstretched it and has found it not comfortable.

“It hasn’t re-pulled, but we just need to do more strength work with it. He’s another one who won’t be ready for Saturday, so probably next week.”

Alex Lawless (foot)

“Alex, he’s recovering, so that’s good, but he’s not ready yet.”

Ross Lafayette (hernia)

“Ross is just getting back to fitness. He's in training now."

Curtley Williams (dislocated shoulder)

“He’s gone to see someone today, but if that’s how we think it is, we’d all sooner it be pinned and done.

“Because it’s come out in training and come out in a game, I think that tells you a story. So hopefully the specialist agrees with what we saw.”

Watch the boss' press conference on Hatters Player.

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