ALAN Marriott’s Wembley hopes were boosted today when Stags took delivery of a new machine that could help heal his broken finger quicker.
Mansfield Town’s number one keeper suffered the break on his comeback from a long injury lay-off last weekend and his chances of making the FA Trophy final on 7th May looked bleak.
However, club phsyio Jason Truscott today said: “This morning we took delivery of a LIPUS ultrasound machine which is a low intensity pulse.
“Alan will use it here and at home for 20 minutes a day and it accelerates the bone growth on fractures.
“I worked at Notts County for six months where we used this on keeper Russell Hoult’s broken finger and got him back quicker.
“It’s a great piece of apparatus and I am confident I can get Alan back quicker with it. I am almost certain he will be back for Wembley and I would like him to play couple of games before.
“I am setting myself really tight deadlines but I am sure we will make them.”
In the meantime, Stags are to speak to the FA to see if they could get dispensation to bring in an emergency keeper as cover for the Wembley bench if Marriott doesn’t make it.