Bury boss Kevin Blackwell hit by Marco Navas injury blow
KEVIN Blackwell will go back to the drawing board again this week after Marco Navas was ruled out of the visit of Morecambe with a hamstring strain.
The Spanish midfielder was one of three debutants in the Bury team that drew 0-0 at home with Southend last Saturday.
Blackwell made five changes in total, bringing in Navas for Craig Jones, goalkeeper Brian Jensen for Portsmouth-bound Trevor Carson and Wigan loanee Jordan Mustoe for captain Gareth Roberts, as well as handing recalls to Jordan Sinnott and Tom Soares.
The revamp failed to end the Shakers’ poor run of results, and the Gigg Lane outfit now go into Saturday’s showdown with in-form Morecambe on the back of five League Two matches without a win.
“I think the fact I am handing three players their debuts in October says a lot about where we are at in terms of team development,” said the Bury boss.
“I know full well that we are still missing something – a vital ingredient.
“But I thought the players making their debuts acquitted themselves well and it is just a shame for Marco that he won’t be able to follow that up.
"He picked up the injury in the second half, which is why I took him off. I didn’t want a strain to turn into a tear, and it looks like he will only face two weeks on the sidelines as a result.”
Blackwell confirmed Rwandan striker Jessy Reindorf will also miss Saturday’s match with a hernia problem, while goalkeeper Rob Lainton faces another six weeks out with a cracked shoulder.
But he was buoyed by the performances of Jensen and Mustoe, who should retain their places.
“Overall I was very pleased with what the three debutants did and how they did it,” he said.
“I thought Jordan showed great confidence and composure on the ball and defended well when he had to, and Brian looked assured at the back.”
With boos ringing out at the end of Saturday’s draw and a section of the home support calling for Blackwell to be sacked, the Shakers manager is only too aware of the importance of a victory on Saturday.
But that could prove difficult against a Morecambe side that go into the match in sixth place following a 4-3 win at home to league leaders Chesterfield last weekend.
Ideally, Blackwell would like to bring in some more new faces in a bid to find that “vital ingredient”, but he admits that will not be happening any time soon.
“There is not much more we can do now until the new year really,” he said.
“We have a few players training with us who could come in on a free, but they are not fit and we won’t be able to do anything until they are.”
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