Injury update from the boss…
By Matty Paddock - 09/11/2017
Posted 2 weeks ago
HARRIERS will have to ‘wait and see’ on Dan Bradley’s knee injury after the player missed the team’s last two games with a cartilage problem.
The former Alfreton Town man has endured a luckless start to life at Aggborough since his return.
That streak continued as he picked up the problem during the 2-2 draw with Spennymoor Town.
Bradley was seen by a specialist earlier this week.
It’s hoped that a minor clean-up operation to resolve the problem can be avoided by resting the knee, with Eustace confirming that the 28-year-old will be out of action for at least the next couple of weeks.
“It needs rest and we’re hoping that after a couple of weeks it will have settled down,” said the boss.
“Fingers crossed it can heal itself, otherwise Dan’s pencilled in for a little operation which would clean it up.
“We’d obviously rather give it a couple of weeks to see how we go than miss him for another six weeks or more if he needs the op.”
“Injuries are part and parcel of football and the test will be in how he can react and come back from this.” Eustace on Bradley
Eustace added: “Dan has had a terrible run of injuries since he’s been here and we definitely haven’t seen the best of him yet.
“Injuries are part and parcel of football and the test will be in how he can react and come back from this.
“Hopefully we can avoid the need for the operation but if he does end up having it then it still means that we’ll have a fantastic player to come back into the team after Christmas.”
Eustace also said his players are “hurting” after Saturday’s FA Cup exit at AFC Fylde.
The team had put together a strong run of form going into the tie, but saw that roundly ended courtesy of the 4-2 defeat at Mill Farm.
“Saturday’s performance was not like us,” he added.
“We set ourselves very high standards so it was a reminder that whilst we had been doing okay, we need to keep performing week in, week out.
“The lads are hurting after Saturday and were frustrated.
“We will have to see what kind of reaction we get from that, because we need one.”
Harriers host Darlington at Aggborough in National League North on Saturday.