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11 November 2013

Update from the boss

Manager Nigel Adkins has given the latest injury news, and the key headlines are:

-Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams trained on the pitch after Saturday's game, and will work on their match fitness after eight weeks out.

-Wayne Bridge will be out for a number of weeks following a knee operation.

-Danny Guthrie came off with a groin problem at the weekend.

-Adam Le Fondre had a slight hamstring problem last week but was OK for the bench.

-Mikele Leigertwood is back in the early part of training.

-Jem Karacan and Jason Roberts remain long term injury victims and are working with our physios at Hogwood.

Speaking on Bridge's injury, the boss said, "It's a big blow. He's a talented, talented player. He's been really good, we were really excited to get him in the summer, we've been managing him for the past few weeks but he'll be out for a few more weeks now, we just needed to tidy things up a bit.

"It's a shame, if you look at players not available for us, Karacan was outstanding, we lost him in the Leeds game as well as Williams and Drenthe, it's eight weeks for them now. Ledge and Jason have been long term which is a shame because they're good players and strong characters, especially in this division. Ledge will hopefully be back in full training soon.

"The lads who didn't play Saturday were on the pitch having a hard session after the game. Royston Drenthe was out there, so too Danny Williams. They need to a) be training, so it's pleasing they're out there, and then b) build up a level of fitness. He [Drenthe's] got to get fit, if you want to play football you've got to be fit. He hasn't been on the pitch or trained for eight weeks.

"I want all the players to show on the training ground their desire to support their teammates, their desire to work hard, keep improving, and from everything they do on the training pitch to show they're ready to play a major part in getting us promoted."

The boss was pleased to have Billy Sharp back available at the weekend, commenting, "He had a week on the training ground, which is good and now he needs games. Hopefully he's over the little niggle, which is a real benefit when you look at the likes of Sharp and Le Fondre, two out-and-out goalscorers. 

"Alfie'd been carrying a little niggle on his hamstring last week but for me he was still good enough to go on the bench. We've got goals in the team. It was touch and go for Alfie, I could have put Nick Blackman in but I put both Alfie and Billy if required.

"It looks like Danny [Guthrie] picked up a groin injury on Saturday, we've got the international break now, several players will go away, we'll keep working hard and will keep building fitness and momentum. We've lost players who we'd like to have but we'll work hard and it gives opportunities to others."

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