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Moniz Pleased To Have Break

2 September 2015

Notts manager Ricardo Moniz says he is grateful to have a weekend off to allow his players to recover from a series of injuries.

County were supposed to host Crawley Town at Meadow Lane on Saturday, but have had the game postponed because three players - Roy Carroll, Mawouna Amevor and Rhys Sharpe - are away on international duty.

Moniz saw a further three squad members - Haydn Hollis, Gill Swerts and Stanley Aborah - leave the pitch with injury or illness during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Mansfield Town on Tuesday night and the manager admits he is sweating on the outcome of a scan on Swerts' knee.

He said: "Hollis suffered a head injury but I don't think it is too serious. Aborah had a virus but Swerts' injury is a little more tricky because of how he landed on his knee.

"I hope it is not serious because he had a good game against Aston Villa and again against Mansfield. We'll have to wait for an MRI scan before we find out how bad it is."

On top of that trio and those who were away for internationals, the manager was without the suspended Liam Noble, who served the final game of his ban for the red card against Accrington.

But the list of absentees did not stop there with Civard Sprockel, Blair Adams, Elliott Hewitt, Curtis Thompson, Rob Milsom and Kyle De Silva all injured and Moniz hopes the free weekend will help to freshen up his squad ahead of their next home game against Luton Town on September 12th.

"The free weekend is not helpful for me because it is boring without football," Moniz laughed.

"But it is a good choice for us because we are missing players. We can get players back and when the team is complete you will see what we are capable of.

"That was more like us [against Mansfield]. We saw it against Accrington and Aston Villa, too, but the defensive discipline was better this time."

The manager also spared a word for Mike Edwards after the veteran defender came on as a half-time substitute to score on his first appearance of the season.

"I wanted Mike in the team a few weeks ago because of a lack of leadership and I said to him 'Sorry, you have to be fit because the moment will come where I need you' and it came against Mansfield," he said.

"It was an important win for the fans, the club and for the players."

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