Stags skipper Murray prepared for pain as play-off battles loom

ADAM Murray is gritting his teeth and preparing to give his all for the Mansfield Town promotion cause, despite needing an operation on his ankle injury.

The Stags skipper was rested last weekend at Hayes but is expected to play some part in the final two league games before being pitched into the two-legged play-off semi-finals, all with continued painkilling injections into the joint.

“I still have the ankle issue and it’s just about getting through now and having the operation in the summer,” he said.

“The toughest part of it is the training as you don’t get that adrenalin rush you get when you are playing in a game which helps mask some of the pain.

“I want to play every game but it’s down to the gaffer. I am not stupid and arrogant enough to think doing that may not be good for me or the team. I just have to take that on the chin.”

On tomorrow’s game, he added: “We can’t just relax between now and the play-offs. We cannot afford to do that and then pick it back up for the play-offs.

“We have to keep everyone at this level and focus is the key.”