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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Edwards faces injury scan

MIKE Edwards faces a scan on the hamstring injury that forced the centre-half out of United’s defeat at Swindon after just eight minutes.

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Worry: Mike Edwards limps off the pitch

The experienced defender is the latest Blues player to be struck down by the Brunton Park injury jinx.

Edwards pulled up at the County Ground and gingerly left the field, accompanied by physio Neil Dalton.

He was replaced by Peter Murphy, who will be favourite to start in Edwards’ place against Coventry next Sunday, with Sean McGinty another option.

Manager Greg Abbott was unwilling to speak to News & Star Sport after the game when asked about Edwards’ injury.

But the club later confirmed that the ex-Notts County man would have his hamstring assessed over the coming days.

It is another injury blow Abbott could do without as the manager also had to rest left-back Chris Chantler on Saturday.

Chantler has been battling an ankle problem for several weeks and Abbott instead opted to use Matty Robson in the back four at Swindon.

The Blues have yet to learn how long captain Paul Thirlwell will be sidelined for, with the captain still awaiting a scan on his calf.

United, meanwhile, could this week learn whether their pursuit of Joe Garner is doomed with Preston expected to step up their own chase of the Watford striker.

Former Blues loanee Kallum Higginbotham has been linked with a move to Motherwell.

Manager Dean Saunders was today set to leave United’s League One rivals Doncaster to take charge at Wolves, after the sacking of Stale Solbakken.

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