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Ian Black On Walsall Clash

25 April 2016

Midfielder Expects Tough Saddlers Test

"I have looked at it back and the physio said I was lucky my head went to the side or not straight over or it could have been really bad.

"My left hand mainly was numb with pins and needles. That was panic stations for the medical staff because I just wanted to get up but I respected their decision and stayed still.

"They didn’t know what I had done but they just wanted to make sure I was safe and get me off the pitch. They said I was lucky."

"It was unfortunate (the neck injury)," said Black.

"I went to go for a header and got caught off balance with players behind me.

"I got my head stuck under my body, so I was lucky to come away with nothing too serious.

"I am not sure if it was Sadler who ended up on my neck but I am just glad I am alright now.

The midfielder missed training on Monday morning but is expected to be fit for the midweek clash at Walsall.

Black was forced off on a stretcher at the end of Town's 3-2 win at Gillingham on Saturday with a neck injury.

"It is a massive game for the Club," said Black.

"They came here before and we were unlucky not to get the three points.

"We went one-nil up quick and could have killed the game off with a chance quickly after.

"It will be tough because they are in the play-offs so we will see.

"We want to win. We want three points to get us safely over the line."

And Black believes John Whitney's side will provide a difficult test.

Walsall themselves have plenty to play for as they chase the automatic promotion spots.

Town take on the Saddlers at the Banks's Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) knowing victory will see them to safety in the league.

Midfielder Ian Black expects a tough test for Shrewsbury Town against Walsall as the Club looks to secure Sky Bet League 1 survival.

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