Yeovil Town midfielder Gavin Williams will miss the start of the 2012-13 Season, after his manager conceded that there was no hope in him getting fit for the start of the campaign. The Welshman, who is one of the most experienced members of Gary Johnson's squad, has missed the last three pre-season friendlies with a calf muscle problem, but the initial prognosis was that he just needed to be rested.
Johnson has now revealed that the 32 year old will now be out for up to two weeks, meaning that he will miss at least the first two competitive fixtures and putting his availability down to around the away trip at Brentford towards the end of the month. Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, Johnson said that a small tear had been found in the calf that resulted in him having to reshuffle his plans:
"He has got a slight tear in his calf and he will be ten days to two weeks."
The Glovers boss has also hinted that the starting line-ups in the last two friendlies against Newport County and against Stoke City are his current Plan A, pointing out that even the likes of Keanu Marsh-Brown, who missed the second of the South Wales matches, would struggle to justify a place in the team because others had jumped in ahead of them:
"The lads that get injured now are going to find it difficult to get in, like Keanu Marsh-Brown who had a sore groin at Newport. The lads played well at Newport so he didn't get a chance against Stoke."
Despite only having a squad of eighteen players, Johnson remains confident that he can cover any gaps left by injured players, pointing out that all sixteen of his outfield players are capable of performing in alternative positions. At present there's no firm indication of when Chelsea defender/midfielder Rohan Ince will be returning to the club, following his shin injury at Newport, although his problem was not thought to be too serious.
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