Injured Nathan could be out for a month

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Nathan Thompson Nathan Thompson

NATHAN Thompson has been ruled out for up to a month after the right-back limped out of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to MK Dons.

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper said at his pre-match press conference for Wolves yesterday that the 23-year-old could be out for up to four weeks with a groin strain.

The loss of Thompson has been made worse with the news that central defender Troy Archibald-Henville could also miss out against the League One leaders with a knee injury.

“(Nathan) he has got a groin strain so he won’t play,” Cooper said. “He could be out for anything from two, three or weeks.”

With Thompson and Archibald-Henville missing, Cooper is also without full-back Jamie Reckord as he is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Town’s defence is down to the bare bones and the County Ground chief is likely to ask Jay McEveley to play through the pain barrier once more.

“It is not ideal with his (Jay’s) knee but we have decision to make whether we play him or put square pegs in round holes,” Cooper said. “We will speak to Jay and make sure that he is 100 per cent right to play.”

The Town manager also praised how Nathan Byrne has bounced back from his disappointing start to the campaign to becoming one of the first names on his teamsheet.

“He has probably been our best player over the last month,” Cooper said. “He has taken a lot of criticism early on in the season and he has come back and been our best player.

“He took an awful lot of stick, he was the player everyone loved to hate, but now he is one of the first names on the teamsheet. He gives his all for club and those sorts of players need to be embraced.”

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6:17am Tue 11 Mar 14

california andy says...

Troy has a knee problem again? Why am I horribly reminded of Ledley King?
Troy has a knee problem again? Why am I horribly reminded of Ledley King? california andy
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6:34am Tue 11 Mar 14

Swindonfan says...

hope Nathan makes a speedy recovery, we will miss him badly
hope Nathan makes a speedy recovery, we will miss him badly Swindonfan
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7:30am Tue 11 Mar 14

who am i says...

cant remember thompson ever taking any stick.
cant remember thompson ever taking any stick. who am i
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7:36am Tue 11 Mar 14

old town robin says...

who am i wrote:
cant remember thompson ever taking any stick.
He was talking about Nathan Byrne not Thompson
[quote][p][bold]who am i[/bold] wrote: cant remember thompson ever taking any stick.[/p][/quote]He was talking about Nathan Byrne not Thompson old town robin
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8:10am Tue 11 Mar 14

London Red says...

The only silver lining is as the season is "over" we can use this month to actually see what Barthram is like and whether we should take up his option or not
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As for Troy - does make you think twice - while he has been great since his return - can we afford to have him in and out as he can't do midweek games?
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Back four is the most important part that needs to be a stable as possible and that can't help having a different CB for midweek!
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As for tonight - why is Cooper up to it AGAIN!
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Why play an injured LB at CB when we have Branco and not sure if he is back yet but if he is Oakley!
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If we won't play them - then why have them?
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Ok get that some players are for the future and therefore not natural starters - but they still need to be trusted from the bench or as cover
.
Belford
Barthram Ward Branco Byrne
Thompson Kasim
N'Guessan Luongo Pritchard
Smith
.
That should be the team - it can easily switch to the diamond if desired with Pritchard dropping in the hole and N'Guessan joining Smith up top
.
Then have Harley Storey Barker and Tijane as your main options off the bench
.
Agree about Byrne - I've always been a fan - was delighted when he signed and delighted he is playing so well - same for Luongo
.
They along with Wes, the Thompsons and Ranger should what should give us all hope as that is a good core to build around
The only silver lining is as the season is "over" we can use this month to actually see what Barthram is like and whether we should take up his option or not . As for Troy - does make you think twice - while he has been great since his return - can we afford to have him in and out as he can't do midweek games? . Back four is the most important part that needs to be a stable as possible and that can't help having a different CB for midweek! . As for tonight - why is Cooper up to it AGAIN! . Why play an injured LB at CB when we have Branco and not sure if he is back yet but if he is Oakley! . If we won't play them - then why have them? . Ok get that some players are for the future and therefore not natural starters - but they still need to be trusted from the bench or as cover . Belford Barthram Ward Branco Byrne Thompson Kasim N'Guessan Luongo Pritchard Smith . That should be the team - it can easily switch to the diamond if desired with Pritchard dropping in the hole and N'Guessan joining Smith up top . Then have Harley Storey Barker and Tijane as your main options off the bench . Agree about Byrne - I've always been a fan - was delighted when he signed and delighted he is playing so well - same for Luongo . They along with Wes, the Thompsons and Ranger should what should give us all hope as that is a good core to build around London Red
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9:57am Tue 11 Mar 14

Wilesy says...

London Red wrote:
The only silver lining is as the season is "over" we can use this month to actually see what Barthram is like and whether we should take up his option or not
.
As for Troy - does make you think twice - while he has been great since his return - can we afford to have him in and out as he can't do midweek games?
.
Back four is the most important part that needs to be a stable as possible and that can't help having a different CB for midweek!
.
As for tonight - why is Cooper up to it AGAIN!
.
Why play an injured LB at CB when we have Branco and not sure if he is back yet but if he is Oakley!
.
If we won't play them - then why have them?
.
Ok get that some players are for the future and therefore not natural starters - but they still need to be trusted from the bench or as cover
.
Belford
Barthram Ward Branco Byrne
Thompson Kasim
N'Guessan Luongo Pritchard
Smith
.
That should be the team - it can easily switch to the diamond if desired with Pritchard dropping in the hole and N'Guessan joining Smith up top
.
Then have Harley Storey Barker and Tijane as your main options off the bench
.
Agree about Byrne - I've always been a fan - was delighted when he signed and delighted he is playing so well - same for Luongo
.
They along with Wes, the Thompsons and Ranger should what should give us all hope as that is a good core to build around
For me its the midfield battle that is more concerning - Macdonald and Sako are beasts will be interesting to see how our youngsters fair tonight. Set pieces will be tricky maybe McEveley needed for his height.

Following his nightmare Oldham game Byrne has indeed done really well, fair play to him. Not sure he was ever 'the player people loved to hate' though, although he got a bit of criticism for his red card collection. Still not quite sure what his best position is, probably driving forward from left midfield.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: The only silver lining is as the season is "over" we can use this month to actually see what Barthram is like and whether we should take up his option or not . As for Troy - does make you think twice - while he has been great since his return - can we afford to have him in and out as he can't do midweek games? . Back four is the most important part that needs to be a stable as possible and that can't help having a different CB for midweek! . As for tonight - why is Cooper up to it AGAIN! . Why play an injured LB at CB when we have Branco and not sure if he is back yet but if he is Oakley! . If we won't play them - then why have them? . Ok get that some players are for the future and therefore not natural starters - but they still need to be trusted from the bench or as cover . Belford Barthram Ward Branco Byrne Thompson Kasim N'Guessan Luongo Pritchard Smith . That should be the team - it can easily switch to the diamond if desired with Pritchard dropping in the hole and N'Guessan joining Smith up top . Then have Harley Storey Barker and Tijane as your main options off the bench . Agree about Byrne - I've always been a fan - was delighted when he signed and delighted he is playing so well - same for Luongo . They along with Wes, the Thompsons and Ranger should what should give us all hope as that is a good core to build around[/p][/quote]For me its the midfield battle that is more concerning - Macdonald and Sako are beasts will be interesting to see how our youngsters fair tonight. Set pieces will be tricky maybe McEveley needed for his height. Following his nightmare Oldham game Byrne has indeed done really well, fair play to him. Not sure he was ever 'the player people loved to hate' though, although he got a bit of criticism for his red card collection. Still not quite sure what his best position is, probably driving forward from left midfield. Wilesy
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10:46am Tue 11 Mar 14

who am i says...

old town robin wrote:
who am i wrote: cant remember thompson ever taking any stick.
He was talking about Nathan Byrne not Thompson
Lol yea just read it again. My apologies.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]who am i[/bold] wrote: cant remember thompson ever taking any stick.[/p][/quote]He was talking about Nathan Byrne not Thompson[/p][/quote]Lol yea just read it again. My apologies. who am i
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