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Injury-hit Tigers suffer fresh blow

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: September 03, 2010

SIDELINED: Winger Jake Harris faces another month on the sidelines with an ankle injury

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GLOUCESTER City have been dealt another injury setback with winger Jake Harris ruled out for another four weeks.

The youngster, who was signed on a three-month loan from Newport County, injured his ankle on his City debut against Ilkeston two weeks ago.

After treatment at his parent club, Gloucester boss Dave Mehew has been told to expect the winger back at the end of this month.

With near-namesake Jack Harris out for the season after breaking his leg and a number of other players nursing knocks, the City boss will have to take a roll-call ahead of tomorrow's visit of Hyde.

"We've had to train really lightly this week as we can't afford a freak training injury," said Mehew.

"We have Mitchell Bryant and Ollie Barnes nursing knee injuries and Tom Webb has a slight hamstring strain.

"Tom Hamblin hasn't trained this week but we're hopeful that he will be fine – we'll just have to do a roll call on Saturday."

Mehew's options are further hindered by not having great scope in his budget to add reinforcements.

Marc Richards' impending departure to Australia will free up some funds, but the club are still paying both Jack and Jake Harris through their injuries.

Mehew pulled a rabbit out of the hat when he signed his 37-year-old former Bristol Rovers team-mate Lee Archer in time for Monday's 5-0 win over Redditch.

The left-sided midfielder is set to stay on a game-by-game basis, until City's injury concerns ease.

Archer, who last played a competitive game over seven years ago, impressed on his debut but the City boss knows that his is an unique situation.

"Lee has come in after not playing for seven years and has done very well," said Mehew. "He's trained this week and he will be available for the Hyde game and it's a case of how we manage his games.

"It's easy for him to get through one or two games, but playing week in, week out could be a problem.

"Marc leaving will give us some scope in the budget, but we may need to look at replacing him.

"We are also hopeful of bringing in two loan players from two different Football League clubs.

"I am just waiting to hear back from their managers."

Hyde, who have lost the United from their name after a link-up with Manchester City, have made a disappointing start to the season.

They have lost five of their six games and sit above only Redditch in the Blue Square Bet North table.

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