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Brian Barry-Murphy On Injuries

31 December 2019

Brian Barry-Murphy offered an injury update following Dale’s game at Gillingham on Sunday.

The Dale boss said: “Rhys [Norrington-Davies] has been treated for his facial injuries but there is a protocol to follow there. So, it could be seven days out for him, but it could be longer depending on the exact protocols around what his injury is.

“Ian Henderson has had severe bruises from his dead leg. I don’t think he was close to being fit for today [Gillingham] and whether he is closer on Wednesday I don’t know.

“Matty Done has had a scan on his hamstring, so he’ll be missing for a couple of weeks.

“Ryan McLaughlin is on the verge of returning to training, but it’s been that way for quite a while, so I wouldn’t like to get anyone’s hopes up that he’ll be back too soon.

“We are extremely stretched at the moment. It’s difficult.

“Especially for the likes of Callum Camps and Eoghan O’Connell and Robert Sánchez, the guys who are giving everything – and I really am asking them to give everything.

“We have so many young players involved. The players that we have missing aren’t players who are just involved in the squad.

“The likes of Ian Henderson, Ryan McLaughlin, etc. are key parts of our squad. I always thought, throughout the close season and start of this, you can’t plan for those injuries.

“You’re almost wasting your time because it’s very unlikely to happen. Now that it has happened, we have to deal with it on the spot.

“The finishing team today bore a lot of resemblance to the one at AFC Wimbledon earlier this season, where we were asking people to do jobs in positions that they would never have done before. As a result, results can be painful, but we can still learn a lot from this situation.”


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