Yeovil’s Jaiyesimi ruled out for season
YEOVIL Town’s on-loan forward Diallang Jaiyesimi will not play for the rest of the season following the serious knee injury he picked up in last month’s 1-1 draw at home to Milton Keynes Dons.
The 20-year-old, pictured, who joined on a season-long deal from Norwich in the summer, ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament during the Dons encounter.
Jaiyesimi returned to Carrow Road for assessment following preliminary scans, and had surgery on his knee on Tuesday.
He had scored two goals in 11 games for the Sky Bet League Two Glovers this season.
Darren Way’s side wore ‘Let’s do this for DJ’ t-shirts during the warm-up against Exeter City last weekend, showing their support for the injured attacker.
The news is Yeovil’s second injury blow in as many days after the club confirmed on Wednesday that captain Omar Sowunmi will miss the rest of 2018 with ankle ligament damage.
Twenty-two-year-old Sowunmi was also hurt in the Glovers’ 1-1 draw with the Dons.
The central defender has been told that he will be out for between ten and 12 weeks after being assessed by a specialist.
Yeovil are without a game this weekend after they received enough international call-ups to postpone their all-West Country clash at Cheltenham.
The Glovers will return to action at home to Tranmere in League Two a week tomorrow.
DARRELL Clarke says Burton Albion have punched above their weight in recent years, but that Bristol Rovers will not be afraid of facing them.
The Brewers have enjoyed an unbelievable rise up the football pyramid, culminating in two years spent in the Championship before they were relegated back to League One last season.
This year they have struggled and the Pirates face a side in 18th in the table – three places and one point better off than Clarke’s side.
Rovers boss Clarke paid tribute to the work done by Nigel Clough, who led them from non-League football before departing to manage Derby County in 2009 and returning in 2015 after a stint at Sheffield United.
Clarke said: “Nigel has done an unbelievable job. The year he kept them in the Championship was better than any feat by any manager all the way through the four divisions.
“Burton are a small club, they’ve been massively punching above their weight, they’ve got a fantastic manager in Nigel, they haven’t had a terrific start to the season, but this division is very competitive.
“I’m not fearful of playing any team. We’ve played Peterborough, Portsmouth, we were the better team against Portsmouth, we’re not fearing any team we come up against.
“It’s tight, we’re certainly not overawed by who we play – Burton are another team on Saturday that we go to who haven’t had a good start, but they’re well respected and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
The Pirates boss says the Brewers’ success is something a lot of clubs want to copy.
He said: “They’ve been spoiled, that’s what it is, that’s the way I look at it. The fans have enjoyed the ride, Nigel got them from non-League, and pushed their way through the divisions years and years ago.
“He kicked on to manage bigger clubs, now he’s back, it’s his club, and certainly the fans have been spoiled by a couple of years in the Championship where they massively overachieved. We’re aiming to try to replicate that at some point and keep working hard to, it will be a tough place, it always has been.”
Clarke believes the Brewers have received a boost by being able to train at England’s St George’s Park headquarters, but admitted they were always going to struggle to compete against Championship budgets.
“The pleasing thing is that they train at St George’s Park and if you’ve ever been to St George’s Park you know the pitches are rubbish,” Clarke joked. “No, they’re not, they’re great.
“They’ve got the facilities to use, but it’s not a very well-supported football club and I’m sure the finances there, they’re not going to have the spending resources anywhere near of what other Championship clubs had last year and they’ll be a lot more competitive in League One this year.”
Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has died at the age of 94.
Ellis had two spells in charge at Villa Park, firstly from 1968 to 1975 and then between 1982 and 2006.
The Midlands club appointed Dean Smith, assisted by John Terry, as manager on Wednesday night.
Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough