Paul Rooney remains in doubt about Hawks’ holiday Monday trip to Chippenham. Image: Keith Woodland
Paul Rooney (calf) and Josh Passley (quad) are both big doubts about National League South’s trip to Wiltshire, while Sam Magri (calf) and Jamie Collins (thigh) are on pause.
So bad was Paul Doswell’s injury-related loss in the win at Hampton & Richmond last time, he was able to present a squad of only 13 players on match day.
Although the squad numbers were exhausted at the beginning of the season, Hawks have a perfect record in the league with two wins in a row.
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And Doswell believes that if his troops can get another positive outcome at Chippenham, the situation on the injury front will be in time for the attractive-looking trip to Ebbsfleet on Aug.
The Hawks boss, whose team is inactive on Saturday because there are an odd number of clubs in the NLS, said: “It was difficult (in Hampton) because we literally had 13.
“We went from 16 players to 13 so it was unusual for our level of football to have only two outfield subs, but we couldn’t name another.
“Not much has changed this week. Mags Sam Magri) and Josh Passley were scanned, obviously Sam was his calf, it’s sciatica so it comes from his back to his calf.
“Passley had his quadriceps scanned and it’s clear again, but he’s still got some discomfort in it.
“Rooney (Paul) we hope that we can practice tomorrow morning before the game on Monday. We don’t have much back for Monday, that’s for sure.
“Both Sam and Rooney had a similar problem where sciatica gives them nerve problems in their legs.”
Rooney and Passley played in the season opener win against Welling, but were replaced at Hampton by Billy Clifford and Michael Green.
Despite the current injury issues, Doswell has no plans to dive into the transfer market – feeling that his current squad offers the right balance and doesn’t want to disrupt it.
Doswell added, “It was unfortunate, but it’s nothing big (injury issues). If we get through Monday we should be a lot better at the Ebbsfleet game I think.
“We’re going to the Slough game tomorrow to see them (Chippenham) so we can be familiar with what they’re doing.
“I feel like we have a really well-balanced squad at 18. It was only last week with Collins, Mags, Benny Read and Rooney – I have to be honest, Oscar Gobern passed a fitness test with body and soul.” of his teeth, so he wasn’t right.
“I don’t think they’re long term; After the Ebbsfleet game we should have 14 or 15 again, we will be more than okay. ‘
* Gosport Borough has signed midfielder Devane Boungou and utility player Luke Hallet.
Boungou played for Blackfield & Langley in their 2019-20 Southern League Premier South season, while Hallet was on loan from Forest Green Rovers.
Boungou “is a big, strong, powerful midfielder and very good at the ball so there is another dimension to what we got,” said Gale.
“We have some good young players but we need the senior physicality that he gives us.”
Hallet, who can play in the middle or front, made his ELFL debut as a late sub at Stevenage last March.