No other club would have coped with our injuries, says Exiles boss
NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh says no other League Two club could have coped with the number of injuries he has had to deal with this season.
The Exiles have been without last season’s top scorer Aaron O’Connor all season and have also had key players Christian Jolley, Byron Anthony, Andy Sandell and Max Porter out for extended periods.
Edinburgh has also been denied the services of Lenny Pidgeley, Mike Flynn, Tony James and Ismail Yakubu for several games but has seen his side climb to ninth in the table, just a point off the play-off places.
“The players have been amazing and they deserve a lot of credit,” said Edinburgh following Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Plymouth Argyle.
“I don’t think any other team in this league would have been able to cope with the volume of players we’ve had out.
“We’ve had nine players out and all first team players so we’ve done ever so well.
“And when January comes it’ll be like having five or six new signings and we look forward to that.”
There is good news on the injury front with Christian Jolley set to be involved off the bench against Southend on Saturday having been an unused substitute on Tuesday.
“Hopefully Christian will be able to play some part on Saturday,” he said. “It gave us all a lift to have him back in the squad.
“Andrew Hughes should be available as well and possibly Ryan Burge, who is just taking a little longer than we hoped.
“And Harry Worley should be back in two weeks so we are progressing with the injuries.
“Aaron O’Connor has had his operation now as well and that was successful so we’re making good progress.”
Edinburgh also praised academy product Ellis Redman, who was included in the squad for the first time at Home Park.
The Exiles boss has been unable to name a full complement of subs so far this season but he explained that he did not want to promote youngsters who were not ready to play in the Football League.
“Ellis was involved in pre-season and he’s done well,” said the manager. “I wouldn’t have included him if I didn’t feel he could play.
“He’s earned the place on merit and he’s another one who has come through our youth system so it’s credit to the youth team.
“It’s great that we’re able to continue the development of our young players but Ellis is the only one at the moment because I’ve always said there’s no point picking them to make up the numbers. They have to be good enough.”
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