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Defending Concerns For Gaffer

29 November 2012

Collins returns to Barnsley and Bennett out with injury

Shrewsbury Town have allowed Lee Collins to return to Barnsley after two months on loan and fellow loanee Julian Bennett is also set to head out of the Greenhous Meadow owing to injury.


Collins made ten appearances for Town but will now attempt to force his way into Keith Hill's plans at Oakwell.


Bennett, meanwhile, sees his initial month on loan to Shrewsbury from Sheffield Wednesday expire this week and he's set to return to Hillsborough owing to a back injury.


He had played four games for Town before being ruled out of last weekend's trip to Oldham.


 "Lee Collins has gone back and this coming weekend is the end of Julian Bennett's time," confirmed Graham. "He went for a scan as it would seem he's got a problem with his back.


"He's gone back to Sheffield Wednesday and they will have him scanned for a second opinion.


"I need to talk to Sheffield Wednesday about it. The physios, the medical people, have already been in touch with each other. They know what's going on.


"It doesn't look too promising that he will be with us after this weekend simply because of his back injury.


"His time looks as though it's up here and it's a pity because he is a very experienced player. It's unfortunate that we've obviously let Lee Collins's loan lapse before we knew about Julian.


"We've got players here that want to come in. I've got young Connor Goldson who played at Arsenal last year amongst one or two other performances. He's waiting to get in the side and there's one or two other players.


"It's an opportunity for them, if necessary, to come in the side and see how they go on."


With the emergency loan window closing last Thursday, just after Town brought in West Bromwich Albion defender Cameron Gayle on a temporary basis, it means the manager will not be allowed to strengthen his squad again until January.  


"I can't do anything about it until January so that's one of the problems we've got to face," he said. "We've got players who are flexible in where they play. Rob Purdie, Joe Jacobson and Jermaine Grandison can all play in different positions.


"We've talked about Connor Goldson and there's one or two of the other younger players like Ryan Woods who has been doing quite well in the reserves and is pushing for consideration.


"If the first team at the present time don't do what they should be doing then I wouldn't be averse to putting one or two of the younger players in."


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