St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says his injury list is ‘horrendous’ ahead of a Wednesday’s trip to Ross County.
The Buddies narrowly missed out on a top six position in the Scottish Premiership and Goodwin admits the Scottish Cup is now their priority. Their quarter-final tie with Kilmarnock has been moved back to next Monday and Goodwin is delighted.
He said: “Our injury list is horrendous. I’m really struggling for bodies for the midweek game. We will be travelling up the road tomorrow night with about 13 or 14 outfield players. Not ideal but hopefully we will have enough there to go and get the job done. Ethan Erhahon missed out on Friday night with a hamstring strain, Wednesday will be too early.
“Collin Quaner and Eamonn Brophy are obviously just making their way back, we maybe try to rush one of them and add them to the squad. Ryan Flynn is out, Jake Doyle-Hayes will miss out, Marcus Fraser, Jonathan Obika felt his groin after the game and won’t be available.
“We still have a good enough squad to put a decent starting team on the park. It is fair to say the Scottish Cup is the priority now and that’s why the players I mentioned won’t be risked on Wednesday because we need to do our best to at least have a couple of those players available for Monday night against Kilmarnock.
“I am delighted the game has been pushed back because it gives us a couple of days extra to help those boys recover. One or two of them are serious, one or two are touch and go.”
One of the players who will be missing is 16-year-old Dylan Reid, who will be unavailable for a couple of weeks due to exams. While Goodwin says it’s a ‘strange one,’ he fully supports the move for his youngster who has attracted the likes of Bayern Munich’s attention.
He explained: “Dylan Reid has to go back to school, he is not allowed to travel. He is not able to train the next two weeks, he is actually back at school because he has exams coming up. That is a first for me. It is an important year for him and obviously his education is very important and it is something that we want to encourage the lads as well.
“He has been given time away to complete those exams and he will join back in with the group in a couple of weeks’ time. It’s a strange one, he came in and said he had to miss two weeks, there’s no bonus for passing!
“We have a laugh and a joke about it but I speak to the players a lot about this and I speak about American sports lots. They are so far ahead of us in so many aspects in terms of entertainment value for supporters before games, data-wise and education in America is huge.
“We probably don’t put too much of an emphasis on it in this country. There are lots of players aged 15-20 who get let go and then they go into the big bad world with nothing behind them. We will encourage Dylan to do the exams and get the results required. There’s no reason why he can’t be a professional footballer and have a good education.
“Stuart Armstrong went out and did a law degree. We have Joe Shaughnessy doing a maths degree as he wants to go into teaching when he finishes playing. It’s important these boys plan for the future. It’s a short career and we don’t all make enough money to put our feet up at 35.”
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