Yeovil’s Jaiyes­imi ruled out for sea­son

Western Daily Press - - Sport - DAVID BY­ROM david.by­rom@reach­plc.com

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.

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Bur­ton Albion man­ager Nigel Clough

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