Keeper out with broken hand
Annan boss Peter Murphy revealed how further x-rays to keeper Alex Mitchell’s damaged hand have shown that it’s broken.
And the Galabankies’ chief said: “Alex is going to be out for a while now.
“The initial x-ray didn’t show the full extent of his injury but he’s since had another one done and it showed the hand is broken.
“So obviously he is out of the game with Edinburgh City at the weekend along with the other two lads, Steven Swinglehurst and Jack Brannan.” X-rays have revealed his hand is broken
Swinglehurst has two broken ribs while Brannan is recovering from a knee injury.
Annan travel to the capital to face Edinburgh City and Murphy added: “They have been flying recently.
“They lost early on to Elgin City but they have had a great start to their season and are a good, physical side.
“So, it is going to be a tough one for us and although I thought I had a decent enough size of squad with enough cover, when you have a few injuries like this it shows exactly how small it is.
“We just have to get on with it and I know the lads are looking forward to the challenge because they know they have not done themselves justice recently.”
Meanwhile, Murphy ruled himself out from playing in the collision with City.
He said: “Although I am still registered as a player it is only for emergencies.
“I made a conscious decision to put my trust in my players,
“I also want to manage properly rather than play. You can do both, but it is difficult.
“As for the game with Edinburgh City, it is like the old cliché, once you get to 15 or 20 minutes into the game then it settles down then it is up to us to bring our quality to the fore.
“We have to nullify their threats and especially Blair Henderson who has been doing well for them.
“But they have a few threats from different areas after spending a bit of money in the summer to bring in some very good players.
“So we have to match them for attitude and application.”