An injury to Rangers loanee Rhys Breen has been one of a few factors in prompting Ian McCall to make training changes at Partick Thistle.
The Jags weren’t able to pick a full subs bench last weekend against Morton in the League Cup and it’ll be similar this week against East Fife. Their latest injury concern is Breen, the on-loan Rangers defender going for an ankle x-ray.
This is to clear up whether he has damaged some ligaments or broken his ankle. With injury to the likes of Blair Spittal, Zak Rudden and more on top of the Rangers kid, McCall is making changes.
“Brian Graham and Ross Docherty will come back in but all the other ones… I think we’ve got nine out,” said McCall, who was speaking to promote Purple Thistle Day this Saturday, which will raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland. “I’d like to say it’s a chance for someone else but we haven’t got another centre-back.
“There are one or two boys that can play there so we just hope that we get over this situation. We’ve modified the training all week – we’ve really not done a lot of contact training yet today that happened. We hope it evens itself out but it will take a while to even itself out.
“I genuinely don’t know [why there have been so many injuries]. It started with Declan Glass when he did his ACL – that was on grass. Tam O’Ware did his hamstring on grass. There have been two or three knees, today’s an ankle.
“We completely modified training this week and there’s hardly been any contact but we’ll maybe need to modify things even more and have a look at the training schedule. Ultimately, you can examine it as much as you want but a lot of it is down to bad luck. It’s as simple as that and you’ve just got to get on with it.
“In modern football and modern society you can’t say anything or it’s termed an excuse. Other than when you get a phone call and you have to tell people how many people are out, we haven’t really spoke about it. We’ve just got to get on with it.
“With Zak [Rudden], we had a team in mind but unfortunately we’ve not been able to do that yet and we’re eight games in. We hope that they all come back strong and fit and in a way, the shorter season causes a little bit of a problem with that. But anyway, that’s the situation with injuries. They’re something you just have to get on with and we will.”
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