Gaffer disappointed to be without defender for three months...
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First team manager Keith Curle has described the loss of Manny Smith as a ‘big loss’ after it was announced that the defender will miss around 12 weeks of action.
Smith fell awkwardly in last week’s Carling Cup match with Bradford City and a scan has revealed that the former Walsall man suffered bone damage, as well as injuring his medial collateral ligament.
Curle has his fingers crossed that the 23-year-old will make a speedy recovery but will be looking to bolster his defensive unit in the meantime.
“Hopefully we’re erring on the side of caution with three months and hopefully that’s back to playing time,” he said on Magpie Player.
“You never know, some people heal quicker than others, but there was a little bit of concern because there was some damage to the bone that showed up on the scan.
“We don’t know if that’s an old injury or a new injury, we won’t really know until the injury settles down fully.”
He added: “The wheels are in motion to bring somebody else in because we know we’re light at the centre of defence.
“We’ve got a few targets that we’ve identified but we wanted to wait to find out the extent of what Manny’s injury was.
“We’ve earmarked the players and we’re enquiring about their availability to see if we can bring them in.”
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