Stags’ manager Adam Murray has confirmed that midfielder Chris Clements will be out of action for ‘a couple of weeks’ with a groin injury.
Clements limped off in the first half of our 1-0 defeat at Luton Town on Saturday and Murray revealed the full extent of the injury during this morning’s news conference.
“It wasn’t the news that we wanted. Luckily for us, Clem’s [been] a quick healer in the previous injuries he’s had, [he’s been out for] half the time than what he’s been diagnosed so hopefully that’ll be the case this time,” Murray said.
“For an exact timeframe, we’re not 100% sure but it’ll be a couple of weeks at least.”
The midfielder has been an ever-present in the Stags’ side so far this season, scoring two goals along the way. Murray said that Clements has been in a ‘rich vein of form’ but the Stags’ boss believes that he has
sufficient cover to replace the ex-Hednesford Town man.
“We were looking forward to building from the performances he’s put in, but these things happen. He’s been dictating games on his own at times which is brilliant for him and the partnership he’s got with Chappy (Adam Chapman) has been superb for us.
“We’ve got players who can come in and take that mantle. If it means we re-jiggle the shape a little bit to get the best out of the players coming in then we’ll do so but like I keep saying, although we’ve got a small squad, we’ve got a very functional squad and a very strong squad.”
Murray's news conference will be available to view, in full, on Stags Player later.