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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper bemoans injury problems
SWINDON Town’s injury problems would have disrupted any squad in the build-up to a league game, according to manager Mark Cooper.
The Robins, soundly beaten by Preston on Saturday, were without talismanic striker Nile Ranger, creative midfielder Ryan Mason and Mr Dependable Ryan Harley for the encounter at Deepdale and after a gruelling week which included a local derby with Bristol City and a glamorous home tie with Chelsea the visitors could only muster a meek performance as they slipped to a 2-1 loss.
After the game Cooper criticised his side’s slovenly display in the first 75 minutes of the game, but with the number of casualties amongst the Town ranks mounting he suggested any team in the division would have found it hard to prepare for the fixture properly given the circumstances.
“With the injury list we’ve got – if you take the three players who didn’t play today out of any squad you’re going to be disrupted. Hopefully we haven’t got any more for next Saturday,” he told the Advertiser.
“Ryan Mason was 50-50 but if you risk them you risk them being out for six weeks rather than definitely being fit for next Saturday.
“We’re down to real bones with injuries as we are. Another two in the first half does disjoint everything. We needed to bring Dany N’Guessan off but couldn’t because we’d made all our substitutions.
“Byrne is a dead leg, Nathan Thompson was absolutely mashed in a tackle and it looked like a bad tackle to me, Dany N’Guessan has got a dead leg.
“Nile has got a slight groin strain. It’s one of them – he could be fit for next Saturday, he could be fit for next Tuesday. We don’t want to risk him being out for six weeks when he might only be out for one.”
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