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Gaffer on injuries

21 February 2017

Paul Hurst gives an update on Joe Riley and Jack Grimmer

Defender Joe Riley looks set for a couple of weeks on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury against AFC Wimbledon.

There were worries that Riley had injured his knee, but this wasn’t the case and appears that he will be out for between 10 and 14 days.

Paul admitted there were a few injuries around, but wouldn’t be rushing anyone.

“Joe’s the obvious one, Olly Lancashire’s just dropped out this morning, Tyler’s got a sore hamstring, so there’s a few unknowns for the weekend”, Paul told ShrewsWeb.

“We will hopefully have a better idea by the end of training on Thursday, but Joe’s certainly one that will be missing.

“With his history with injuries you just worry for him that it could be that knee, but it was his hamstring. I don’t think it’s too bad in terms of how hamstrings can be, but the minimum you are looking at is 10 to 14 days.

“I don’t think it would be particularly wise to rush that and get him back any sooner.”

A potential replacement for Riley will be Jack Grimmer and the Fulham loanee returned to his parent club on Monday to take part in an under 23 game.

“Fulham had made contact and seen what my thoughts were”, said Paul.

“Because we haven’t got the reserve league or anything like that I just felt it was a good opportunity for him to go and get some minutes, which will hopefully help him be in better contention for ourselves at the weekend.

“Clearly we’ve got a decision to make at right back and Jack certainly comes into my thinking there. There’s an element that you always risk an injury, but you risk an injury by stepping out on the training ground every day.

“You have to weigh up the pros and cons and thankfully he’s come through it with no injury, 90 minutes under his belt and that will stand him in good stead.”

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