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SWINDON TOWN: Ranger a major doubt for Preston trip
NILE Ranger is a major doubt for the weekend trip to Preston after suffering a groin injury in the early moments of Swindon Town’s defeat to Chelsea last night.
The striker felt a pop in his groin after seven minutes of the Capital One Cup match but played through until the break, at which point he was replaced by Louis Thompson.
Town manager Mark Cooper is concerned that the knock may keep the forward out for some time, and Ranger is due to have a scan today to determine the extent of the damage.
“We have to see how he is tomorrow. At this moment in time you’d have to say he’d be pretty doubtful for Saturday,” Cooper told the Advertiser.
“He kept saying it was a dead leg and he was saying ‘I’m alright’ one minute and ‘I need treatment’ the next. We decided to wait until half-time and he said ‘no, I can’t carry on’.
“In hindsight we should have brought him off earlier but he was telling us he was okay. He’s still a boy and he wants to play in those games and we won’t hold that against him.
“We’ll see how it settles down tomorrow and the medical team will have a look at it, get it scanned and if he’s got a chance for Saturday.
“We don’t seem to have much luck with injuries but we’ll get on with it. We’ve got options, that’s why we’ve brought the players in, and hopefully Mason will be back on Saturday. He can score goals, we can stick him up front.”
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