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Marsden on standby as Stags wait on duo’s fitness

Chris Clements.

Chris Clements.

Mansfield Town are waiting on the fitness of Chris Clements and Darryl Westlake before finalising a side to face strugglers Torquay United at One Call Stadium on Saturday.

And 19-year-old right back Liam Marsden could be drafted in for a shock first team debut.

Midfielder Clements missed out on Monday’s disappointing 2-0 home defeat by Cheltenham with a knee injury while wing back Westlake suffered a hamstring injury.

“Both went for scans yesterday and we are waiting for the feedback,” said manager Paul Cox.

“We are hoping they are nothing too serious and both are just down to a bit of fatigue.

“It has been a long, long season for us and you will sometimes get these little niggles or fatigue injuries. We will just have to wait and see what comes back and plan accordingly.

“With Lee Beevers out as well, Liam does come into the equation for a start and Jack Thomas has a chance of being in the 18 too.”

On-loan Crystal Palace keeper Lewis Price looks set to stay in the side for the rest of the season with Alan Marriott and Ian Deakin still not fit for a return.

Cox said: “I think Lewis will be in for the last two games. Our doctor ruled both keepers out for the season and, although Ian Deakin is back in light training today, I can’t see him being fit enough to play and Alan Marriott isn’t even training yet so I think his season is over.

“Lewis has been excellent. He has been good in the dressing room and you can tell the level he has played at with his professionalism.

“Credit to him, he has not played much football this season so we have probably seen him at his rustiest. We have enjoyed having him at the club.”

Torquay arrive knowing they have to win the game and hope results elsewhere go in their favour, currently sitting bottom, five points from safety with only two games to go.

They were expected to go down at Exeter City last weekend but dug in to pull off a 2-1 win.

“Torquay have shown remarkable desire,” said Cox. “It is such a strange league. I would have thought a lot of people would have written them off a couple of weeks ago. But they are going that extra yard at the minute.

“They will be a dangerous animal and if we needed a wake-up call from Monday then this is it. We know we have got to be on it.”

 

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