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Double blow for Mansfield Town

19 February 2014

Mansfield Town have been dealt a double injury blow with the news that defenders Martin Riley and James Jennings could both be out for up to a month.

The pair had to be withdrawn - Riley at half-time and Jennings after just 17 minutes - during the 3-0 defeat at Oxford on Saturday. Riley has injured a quad muscle while Jennings has a tear in a calf muscle.

It is another major blow for the Stags, whose squad is rapidly diminishing, yet they still need to get players out in order to free up cash for a much-needed new striker.

"With the problems we have at the moment, we're not even thinking about getting players out," said first-team coach Micky Moore.

"James Jennings and Martin Riley could be up to a month and Louis Briscoe's back is in spasm. Also, Jake Speight is not fit enough to play a game yet.

"We are still looking for a striker and the staff went to watch three games on Monday and another two or three on Tuesday.

"It's no secret we are looking for a natural goalscorer that could help the lads. If someone becomes available we will put it to the board and see if we can bring that person in. We have been close on one or two occasions."

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