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Injury-hit Chester seeking urgent replacements Oct 9 2006




By Neil Turner, Liverpool Daily Post


THE Chester City manager Mark Wright is hoping to bolster his injury-hit squad by bringing in two players on loan.

City’s injury and illness crisis was so bad, that they had to name four teenagers as substitutes for last Friday night’s game against Coca-Cola League Two leaders Walsall at the Deva Stadium.

Seven of the first team squad were missing on Friday.

And to further exacerbate the problem club captain Stephen Vaughan was forced to hobble off during the first half with a hamstring injury.

The on-off Ryan Semple loan transfer from Lincoln City looks like it will reach a conclusion, and Wright is also closing in on an experienced forward.

“I am hoping we can complete the signing of Ryan Semple, he had a little injury so we couldn’t conclude formalities last week, but hopefully it can be done this week,” said the City manager.


“I am also looking to bring in a striker, which will give us added competition for places in that department.”


Wright added: “To make room for the incomings, it probably means that one or two players could well be moving away from the club as well.”


Reflecting on the performance of his injury-ravaged team, who held Walsall to a goalless draw at the weekend, the former Liverpool and England defender said: “I was proud of them.


“And it will give me a pleasant selection headache when the injured players recover and become available.”


Two of the injured players, defenders Phil Bolland and Sean Hessey, will make their comebacks on Wednesday evening, when they will figure in the City reserve side who face Tranmere Rovers at the Deva Stadium.


Chester’s first team are next in action on Saturday, when they make the short journey to Spotland to face Rochdale


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