AFTER losing skipper Adam Murray for both legs of their semi-final with Luton Town, Mansfield Town were today dealt another FA Trophy blow with the news that on-loan striker Louis Moult is unlikely to play in Sunday’s first leg at Field Mill (noon).
The teenager aggravated an existing back problem at Tamworth last weekend and missed the midweek quarter-final win over Chasetown on the advice of parent club Stoke City’s medical staff.
Stoke said today that Moult’s back was still not right and, as things stood, he would not be available on Sunday unless there was a sudden and significant improvement.
Murray is unable to play due to an agreement between the clubs that he would not be able to play against Luton this season after joining Stags from the Hatters.
Kyle Nix looks certain to replace him while Danny Mitchley, who scored against Chasetown, is set to continue in place of Moult up front.
Mansfield have now gone seven games unbeaten while the Hatters have only lost once in their last 18 outings but have only won once in the club’s 10 visits to Field Mill.
With Luton expected to sell their 1,800 allocation, Stags are hoping for a 5,000-plus crowd with reduced admission prices of £14, £7 and £2.