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'Oli Is Doing Okay And Is In Good Spirits'

10 February 2021

Midfielder to have second X-Ray to determine how long we could be without attacking midfielder.

Oli Finney has returned to the club’s training ground to embark on his rehabilitation from the broken leg he suffered in the 1-0 win at Shrewsbury Town. The midfielder is set to undergo another scan shortly to see how the fracture has improved or not and then a return date may become clearer.

The Staffordshire-born midfielder was in fine goalscoring form this season, netting eight times in 31 appearances before he suffered his untimely injury after being caught by Harry Chapman.

Boss David Artell says that although he is devastated that his season has been put on hold, Oli has been in ‘good spirits’.

He told the club’s official website: “Oli is in good spirits. He is that sort of lad. He knows that it is an occupational hazard and injures happen.

“There are some injuries you can avoid and some you cannot and this one was inflicted on him if you like.

“There was one on Luke (Murphy) on Saturday and because he is 32, he gets out of the way of it because that could have quite easily have broken his leg too. Oli is 22 and couldn’t get out of the way of his and it has ended up breaking his leg.

“I am not saying the lad did him intentionally but he intentionally wanted to stop him because we were on the counter attack and now we have lost Oli.

“It could have been a lot worse and he will go for another scan soon and that will give us some idea of how long he will be out for.

“I am not moaning because injures happen but we have to do something about the tackle on Oli and the one that could have been a lot worse on Murph on Saturday because they are leg breakers and the punishment is not fitting the crime for me.

He added: “Him being out is an opportunity for others to step up and that is how football works sometimes.”

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