Darrell Clarke Offers an Injury Update Ahead of Cheltenham Town Clash

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League Two clash between the Saddlers and Cheltenham Town and has offered an update on the club's walking wounded.
Mansfield-born Clarke has been without several first-team players over recent weeks with the likes of Shay Facey, Cameron Pring, Danny Guthrie, Jak Kiersey, and Caolan Lavery all spending time on Head Physio Marc Czuczman's treatment table.

The manager was handed a boost in midweek as on-loan Bristol City defender Cameron Pring, who is rcovering from an ankle injury suffered against Colchester United, was able to play for an hour during the Central League draw with Mansfield Town.

Clarke, who is well known for keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to injuries, has decided to offer an insight into his players and their various recovery schedules, confirming that none of the issues are too serious.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "It’s good to get some minutes into Pringy. Shay Facey as well, we’re disappointed in Shay because he was really starting to get into good form.

"He was due to play the game, three or four weeks ago, he was due to start and he hurt his groin. That was very disappointing for Shay because I think he was ready for a run in the team.

"But he’s out on the grass now, he needs a bit more training time but he’ll certainly be coming into my thought process when we get the next two days out the way. Danny Guthrie, it was a bit of a gamble putting him in Saturday.

"We’re trying to manage the situation he has at the minute, he’s a big player for us, but we need him right and we need him fit.

"I can understand why supporters sometimes get a little bit frustrated when they don’t know what’s happening with injuries, I don’t like to give too much away. Sometimes I don’t mind giving an assessment of where they are.

"We have Jack Kiersey as well who’s looked very promising pre-season but has had some minor problems that have been frustrating and we haven’t had him out on the grass and playing enough minutes.

"They’re not serious injuries and we’re hoping to get him back in the coming weeks."
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