In­jury wor­ries for the Spi­ders

Three play­ers crocked in pre-sea­son

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Will Hen­shaw

Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPher­son says the Spi­ders’ pre-sea­son sched­ule may have been too in­ten­sive as three of his star play­ers were in­jured.

On Fri­day the Ham­p­den men took on North of Eng­land side Con­sett and emerged 3-1 win­ners.

The day af­ter, they drew 3-3 with Bishop Auck­land as they com­pleted their Durham train­ing camp.

Dur­ing the train­ing camp, Gavin Mitchell suf­fered an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age and could be out for a num­ber weeks while Scott Gib­son got a knock and Sean Burns en­dured a groin strain.

As a re­sult Gus said the pre-sea­son sched­ule is not some­thing he’s look­ing to re­peat: “The train­ing camp went okay.

“What I would say is play­ing two games in two days is maybe a bit much and it’s not some­thing we would do again in fu­ture.

“The play­ing squad we took was a bit too small and you end up hav­ing to get play­ers to play two games in two days and that’s not fair on them.

“As a re­sult three of our boys were in­jured and two could miss the start of the sea­son.”

Their last match of pre-sea­son took place as the Re­former went to press, as the Spi­ders pre­pared to take on Beith Ju­niors.

De­spite the in­juries, there was some good news for QP fans as the club an­nounced another singing.

Queen’s Park have signed midfielder David Gault from Blan­tyre Vics. Gus said the 25-year-old will add some ver­sa­til­ity to the squad: “He can play up front and mid­field so he gives us op­tions.

“We’re still work­ing on one or two more sign­ings but that will be it.”

On Satur­day Queen’s will start com­pet­i­tive ac­tion as they take on Ed­in­burgh City in the Petro­fac Cup first round which will take place at Mead­ow­bank Sta­dium.

Gus knows his side will be favourites for the tie, but is tak­ing noth­ing for granted when they take on the Low­land Football League side: “It will be a tough game, we wouldn’t ex­pect any­thing less. Ed­in­burgh have shown they are a good side from their pre sea­son re­sults and we will have to be sharp to progress.”

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In­jury con­cerns

Queen’s Park coach Gus MacPher­son

In­jury Queen’s Park’s Gavin Mitchell was in­jured dur­ing the Spi­ders’ pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions

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