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Injury-hit Bulls recruit utility man Green on loan
8:30am Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
HEREFORD United have moved to bolster their injury-ravaged squad by signing the versatile Paul Green from Forest Green Rovers on a month’s loan.
Manager Martin Foyle has drafted in the 26-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence, ahead of tomorrow’s Skrill Premier visit of Wel-ling United to Edgar Street (3pm).
Green, yet to feature at the New Lawn this term, will be a welcome addition to Foyle’s depleted ranks but the Bulls, who also have midfielder Michael West on loan from Crewe, could still be struggling to name 16 fit players for the match.
A horrendous run of luck in the casualty department left Foyle, who only has a squad of 20, with a crisis on his hands just five games into the new season.
Midfield trio Josh O’Keefe (broken arm), Danny Pilkington (hamstring) and Kingsley James (hamstring), defender Danny Leadbitter (leg) and striker Michael Rankine (leg) are all out.
On top of that, midfield player-coach Rob Purdie has a shin problem and reserve keeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston a hip complaint.
With striker Sam Smith also having played through a groin problem and centre-half Rod McDonald recovering from a bug, the picture does not look good for the Bulls. But one positive is that full-back Joel Edwards is im-proving following an ankle injury.
Former Aston Villa youngster Green’s arrival will provide some respite but Here-ford are continuing to scour the loan market.
Assistant manager Andy Porter said: “We are spending a lot of time on the phone at the moment but it’s hard work.
“Clubs are not always keen to let players go out on loan during the first 10 matches just in case they get injuries, just like we have had here.”
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