Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton is expected to be ruled out for a further 3-4 weeks as he prepares for a groin operation. The central defender has been struggling on and off since late last season with groin problems, but until now the club have resisted going down the route of putting him under the knife.
However, with Skivo's last come-back lasting barely 1.5 matches, the club have now agreed, subject to a specialist's assessment, that they will allow him to drop out of contention until November, with him having an operation later this week. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound manager Russell Slade explained:
"Skivo has gone today to see a specialist. It is every likelihood that he will have surgery on Thursday. Once it is done, hopefully it will take three weeks from the day of the operation, so at least it is not long term. That is the most positive thing I can say about Terry's injury."
Russell also confirmed that winger Marvin Williams has now had his operation, with January 2008 pencilled in for his comeback:
"As you know, Marvin Williams has had his operation. He had his on Thursday. He'll be out for three months. I really don't want too many more of these."
In terms of better news though, Russell added that midfielders Justin Cochrane and Gary Dempsey are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel from their injury problems, with the latter expected to play against Bristol City Reserves on Wednesday. Striker Michael Reddy is also believed to be in the reckoning for that line-up:
"Justin Cochrane trained this morning and he is feeling it a little bit and trying to go through the pain barrier. Gary Dempsey trained and he'll play (for the Reserves) on Wednesday, which is good news for us."
As for tomorrow's match at Edgar Street, the BBC expect midfielder Lee Peltier to still be unavailable with an ankle injury, although he is hopeful of returning for Saturday's match. Defender Matthew Rose is the only player Russell will take a late raincheck on - Matthew has been suffering post-Leeds with flu symptoms.
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