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SWINDON TOWN: Full-back crisis as Thompson and Bessone are ruled out
Nathan Thompson faces several weeks on the sidelines and Federico Bessone has been ruled out for a month after both full-backs picked up knocks over the course of the past week.
Thompson hobbled off after 68 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe on Saturday and left the County Ground with his foot in a protective boot after twisting his ankle early in the second half, while Bessone sustained a calf injury in training in the build-up to the game.
Thompson was due to have a scan on his ankle yesterday evening to determine the extent of the problem, but manager Paolo Di Canio suggested both players could be out of action for a significant period of time.
“Fede, probably because he wanted to commit, lied because he wanted to stay in training. I saw him limp a bit and I asked him what was up,” he said.
“He said nothing was tight and then I discovered he went at the end of the training session to Paul (Godfrey, Swindon physio) and he had a test.
“He said he felt okay. The day after it was the same and he said he was okay. Then he got an injury in a training session.
“It takes a long time, approximately one month. We don’t have the subs.
“Nathan Thompson, is he unlucky? I don’t know. Every time he plays he gets something. We thought it was his stomach but the problem was his ankle. During the game he twisted his ankle.
“He’s going to have a scan and we will see the damage. He will be out for a few weeks.
“We will work on it. I hope that a high percentage of the players commit and do not take advantage of the situation in a silly way.”
With Aden Flint suspended for the trip to Crewe after picking up a red card at the weekend, Di Canio now has only five first-team defenders available for the clash at Gresty Road.