Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given an update on the whereabouts of some of his injured players, following yesterday's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. All first team contracted squad players featured, with the exception of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, defender Tom James and centre-back Stephane Zubar.
None of the three appear to be out for the long term, although Krysiak's issues date from mid-April when he missed the last five matches of the 2016-17 season with a broken foot. He is taking in some limited training at present in his recovery from that problem, and although there is no fixed schedule for his return, Way implied that it was a case of the medical team pacing him:
"I think it's important just to let the medical team take responsibility of that. Last year I thought we did well with the small squad that we had, and sometimes you have to trust the protocol of what Artur has got to go through. If that means making sure that he takes another week, then he takes another week."
Tom James has not featured in either pre-season friendly, whilst Stephane Zubar played against his old club Weymouth but was absent for the Bristol City match. Way explained that James should be back for the club's week in South Wales, and although he didn't put a timescale on Zubar's problems, he described that as an impact injury:
"Tom James had concussion from training. It's very important now, with the rules and regulations that are in place, when anyone gets a little bit concussed that they rest. So he got concussed but it finished today (Saturday) with the amount of time that he had to stay out. Zubes took a heavy knock in the game against Weymouth, so I didn't want to take any risk with him today."
Way has said that he wants to work with a squad of 20 players this season. The arrival of Swansea City defender Keston Davies gave him a theoretical squad of sixteen once he has that trio back from injury. He has said that he expects 'one or two' trialists to go to South Wales for the week, with a contract in mind for them, if the finances allow, whilst he has also hinted that he may be asking Bristol City boss Lee Johnson for a favour in the loan market, albeit without giving any clues. With just two loan players having arrived so far at the club, Way still has room for three more before he hits the Football League limit on matchday squad numbers, meaning that it's likely those will provide the bulk of the remaining arrivals.
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