UNITED cruised to victory in the final friendly of the pre-season campaign but the occasion was marred by two worrying injuries on the training ground.
Lee Mansell, Billy Bodin and Rene Howe scored the goals in our final preparation game before Leicester visit on Tuesday night, but manager Martin Ling will be without two explosive wing-options for the Capital One Cup.
Danny Stevens has pulled a thigh muscle in training and then Lloyd Macklin opened up a knee joint, leaving the boss feeling a tad deflated.
“It was a pleasing performance at Weston but we’re disappointed to have picked up injuries in the last couple of days,” said Martin.
“Danny Stevens and Lloyd Macklin both suffered injuries in training, so we couldn’t play the side we wanted, but we won with a Lee Mansell penalty, Billy Bodin scored and a class finish from Rene Howe.
“Danny is definitely out for Tuesday night and Lloyd is only an outside chance. It is a bit disappointing to get this close to the first game and after all the hard work they’ve both done for them to miss out.
“We are probably without these two as well as Nathan Craig and Saul Halpin. Billy Bodin is also away on international duty, so the squad will be given an early opportunity to turn my hand for the Fleetwood game next Saturday. In football, when one door shuts another one opens.”