Bradford Park Avenue boss Martin Drury has revealed that he was without as many as five of his players due to injury in Saturday’s defeat at Telford.

On top of that, Jake Scott will be forced to play through the pain in Tuesday’s trip to Nantwich, as recent signing Elliot Kebbie is cup-tied and both Nathan Turner and Alex Pursehouse face two weeks out.

Scott picked up an achilles injury during the initial Nantwich tie, forcing him to sit out Saturday’s match at The New Bucks Head.

Turner, who started the season at right back but has impressed recently in central midfield, was forced off in the Nantwich match and now looks set for at least two weeks on the sidelines with a groin problem.

Pursehouse, whose season has been blighted by unfortunate injuries, has picked up another knock to his ankle, which will keep him out of action for the next two weeks.

Midfielder Paul Marshall is also carrying a knock to his ankle which forced him off in the second half at North Ferriby United in the last game of 2015, with his return also looking likely to be scheduled for around mid-February.

Finally, winger Jason St Juste was forced to take a substitutes role at Telford, and Drury revealed he has been struggling with a knee injury for around five weeks.

Fortunately, it looks like recent returnees Simon Ainge, Luke Dean and Chib Chilaka have all made a successful return from their lay-offs.

Ainge and Dean had both been out since late October, the Avenue captain returning against Nantwich before becoming the first defender to score a goal for the club this season at Telford, where Dean made his comeback.

Top-scorer Chilaka was forced to sit out the matches at North Ferriby and FC United of Manchester with a facial injury but, along with Ainge, he started the games against Nantwich and Telford.


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