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31 December 2015

Left back Jerome Okimo is the latest Stevenage player to require an operation after tearing his medial meniscus in the warm up against Crawley on Boxing Day.


This brings the number of first team squad players with injuries to twelve and Chairman Phil Wallace reflected on the situation.


“I have been here 16 years and I don’t remember ever having 12 first team players unavailable. Most are from muscle tears – we have looked carefully at every injury but there is no consistent pattern, other than bad luck.


“Jerome’s injury came in the warm up, Dean Wells tore his medial against Wimbledon, Adam Marriott was on his way back from long term injury but had a reaction and is now back in the physio room.


“Jesse Joronen has had a set back and is out for another 4 weeks, Chris Whelpdale has a groin strain and is unavailable for 2-3 weeks whilst Steve Schumacher and David McAllister are long term recoveries from major operations.


“Dean Parrett is recovering from a slight muscle injury but is now back in full training, Jack Jebb and Connor Ogilvie are returning to fitness, Lee Cox and MacFazdean are both doubtful and Ben Kennedy has been unavailable for some weeks.


“This revolving door of injuries makes it difficult to develop a consistent side and hits the club particularly hard financially. We obviously can’t just play a team of inexperienced youth team players, so we are forced into the loan market.


“Fortunately Teddy Sheringham is well known in the game and can access players from clubs we have not previously been able to work with at prices that reflect our difficult financial position.


“However, on the positive side this does provide an opportunity for young players to take a shirt and make it their own for a while”


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