DANNY Hollands’ foot injury is not as bad as first feared, the Advertiser understands, but he could still face several weeks on the sidelines.
The Swindon Town midfielder hobbled off just before half-time in the 2-0 victory over Shrewsbury on Saturday and has since undergone two scans as the club’s medical staff try to identify the extent of the damage.
There is no official word from the Robins regarding the Charlton man’s condition, and it remains uncertain how his loan deal will be affected by the injury.
Elsewhere, the search for a new owner at Town continues, with club officials locked in talks with a number of interested parties.
Two separate foreign investors are understood to be discussing the possible acquisition of a large chunk of majority shareholder Andrew Black’s 98 per cent stake in the Robins, along with at least two further potential buyers.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Crawley Town recalled advance tickets for Town’s trip to the Broadfield Stadium next week in the wake of reports linking Swindon with administration.
Tickets for the match can no longer be bought by Town fans at the County Ground, and the Adver understands the decision was influenced by the suggestion of financial difficulties in SN1. Crawley were unavailable for comment when contacted by the Advertiser yesterday.
Swindon have accepted an apology from Football League Paper writer Chris Dunlavy following an article published on Sunday in which he claimed the club committed “financial doping” and “virtually cheated their way out” of League Two last season.
The newspaper will issue a full printed apology and retraction, pay damages to cover Town’s legal fees and donate £500 to the club’s chosen charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
However, former chairman Jeremy Wray, who was named in the piece in question, was not satisfied by the apology, saying he wanted to see the paper “take editorial responsibility for the young journalist”.
Finally, the Adver has learnt that the loan deals of Paul Caddis and Adam Rooney will not be affected by the financial situation at Birmingham.
The Blues are looking for new investment to help them deal with their spiralling wage bill, and BBC West Midlands has suggested that they are actively looking to offload players in an effort to ease the money problems at St Andews.
Caddis is on a season-long loan at Birmingham from Town, with Rooney contracted with the Robins until May as part of the deal, and it is believed that that situation will not change.