Stags midfielder Stevenson suffers fracture

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MIDFIELDER Lee Stevenson suffered a hairline fracture of a metatarsal in Stags’ reserves behind-closed-doors 7-0 friendly win at Shepshed yesterday.

It has been a frustrating start to the season as, despite scoring 35 goals for Eastwood last season, he has been unable to get into a Stags side firing on almost all cylinders at the moment.

“I need to speak to our physio, Jason, but I don’t think it’s too serious and Lee may only be out for a couple of weeks,” said boss Paul Cox.

“It’s been frustrating for him so far. But Lee is a very good player and at some stage he has a massive part to play in what we are trying to achieve this season.

“At the moment is seems we get one back from injury and then lose another, but it’s all part and parcel of the game.”

He added: “It was a good run-out at Shepshed. I am not too concerned about the score. All the lads got something out of it.

“Their attitude was spot on. The lads that are not in the first team at the moment are applying themselves fantastically.”

Another Stags player in action last night was Tom Naylor who played 67 minutes of Derby County reserves’ 6-1 win over Walsall last night as he continues his week-long Rams trial.

The game was played at Belper’s Christchurch Meadow, where Naylor once had a season on loan with Belper where he was player of the season, and he partnered Scottish international Russell Anderson in the heart of the defence.

“The reports I have had were that Tom was excellent,” said Cox.

“I will see what feedback I get from Derby. He is due at a Premiership club on trial next week and I have now had a few more phone calls about him from other clubs. But we are not pushing him out the door.”