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16/10/2020

Darrell Clarke Looking to Land a Loan Signing as Josh Gordon is Ruled Out

The Saddlers have been dealt a blow after it was confirmed one of their key players is facing a spell on the sidelines.
Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press and confirmed he is looking to land a Deadline Day signing after discovering the extent of striker Josh Gordon's knee injury.

26-year-old Gordon limped off during the first-half of the Saddlers' one-all draw with Colchester United last weekend and underwent scans earlier this week.

Now, Clarke, who recently admitted his budget had already been spent, has confirmed the striker will miss the next few months whilst also confirming young midfielder Joe Willis suffered a broken metatarsal during a reserve game.

After retaining the vast majority of last season's mid-table finishing side, the Saddlers made five signings ahead of the new campaign, with the gaffer looking to rely on the squad he rebuilt during his first summer with the club.

Speaking via Zoom ahead of this weekend's League Two clash with Exeter City, Clarke said; "The squad is going to have to be utilised as we've picked up a couple of injuries. Josh is going to be out until at least December. Josh is a big name player for us.

"It's a medial knee injury so he's in a brace at the minute. You never know, sometimes these things can heal a bit quicker but we're probably looking at potentially December.

"We also have Joe Willis who has broken his foot in the reserve game. It's a broken metatarsal. We'll see how that settles down but like any bone it has to heal.

"We're hoping it doesn't need surgery and it heals itself. Fingers crossed on that one. Joe is one of our good young pros, he's part of the small squad we have. Any player we miss through injury is a big loss.

"The squad's not the biggest – it's quite good on quality, in my opinion. It's a better squad than last year. I have to manage players with the Saturday-Tuesday.

"We want as little injuries as we possibly can but you can't do anything about contact injuries and those two were contact injuries.

"We have to be mindful about the amount of games we have. I'm not a manager to change it for change's sake, I look at everything. The squad members are going to be used in force over the coming weeks and months ahead."

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