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Solly out for a number of months

We need a Chris Solly at the moment. But today Rich Cawley broke the news that Solly will be out for a “number of months” with another knee injury. No more details than that but I have been surprised how much he has played this season when last year he was regularly rested, especially with Kevin Foley a ready made replacement.

At Swindon Solly did not look himself and was sluggish, which now explains his own performance, from a man that never shirks any challenge and has played at a consistently high standard since he broke into the first team in 2009.

Towards the end of Russell Slade’s time, he had a pretty much full squad to pick from. Ahmed Kashi being the only absentee, but with Holmes out and now Solly, once again the fragility of the squad will come to the surface with 5 weeks still to the transfer window. Foley can do a steady job at right back I am sure, but that takes him out of an already barren midfield.

Other than the 18 players that featured in the team and on the bench on Saturday the only options that I can see for Nugent tomorrow are Roger Johnson, Karlan Ahearne-Grant, Mikhail Kennedy and Regan Charles-Cook. The next right back choice would be ex-Oakwood Park student Aaron Barnes.

I just hope that the various members of the club’s medical team have managed Solly’s knee properly like they said they were going to and we can see him back in the first team later in the season.

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