‘WE CAN’T RISK WOOD’S KNEES’

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SAM Wood is set to be side­lined for the next few weeks af­ter pick­ing up a knee in­jury dur­ing last Fri­day’s win over Mans­field.

The Wy­combe Wan­der­ers winger went down only a few min­utes into the game and, af­ter a brief at­tempt to carry on, sig­nalled that he needed to come off.

And while man­ager Gareth Ainsworth has ev­ery faith in a med­i­cal team who have kept his small squad tick­ing over this sea­son, he will not risk Wood again be­fore he’s ready.

He said: “Sam’s hurt his knee. I knew as soon as he’s gone down – you don’t hurt a knee and then sig­nal 30 sec­onds later that you need to go down again – that’s se­ri­ous.

“He did the same knee last year I think. It’s not ma­jor, but you don’t risk knees, es­pe­cially with a squad our size. He will prob­a­bly be out for a few weeks.

“We never get pulls, we al­ways get con­tact or im­pact in­juries, and that’s an­other one. We’ll give op­por­tu­ni­ties to other peo­ple, it’s time for oth­ers wait­ing in the wings to step up now.”

Even af­ter los­ing Wood, who opened the scor­ing for Wy­combe in last week­end’s win at Carlisle, the Chair­boys went on to take all three points thanks to a goal from fel­low winger Michael Har­ri­man.

Ainsworth added: “If you ask enough ques­tions, you get the an­swers. Win­ning 1-0 is as good as any­thing for me, and it takes us to within a point of our agreed to­tal at the start of the sea­son.

“At the other end, the back four ac­quit­ted them­selves su­perbly, but we de­fended from the front today. We worked re­ally hard on that this week af­ter the cou­ple of goals we have let in lately, and it’s paid div­i­dends.”

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