Keeper out with bro­ken hand

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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.”

Alex Mitchell

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