HUGHES | Manager confirms Jake Lawlor suffered dislocated shoulder in Braintree win

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 08 Apr 2019

Bryan Hughes confirmed centre-back Jake Lawlor suffered a dislocated shoulder in the win against Braintree at the weekend, with the club awaiting further news from check-ups.

Lawlor was taken off in the first-half after landing awkwardly following what Hughes was happy to call a 50-50 challenge.

But the manager – while accepting Lawlor will be a big loss – is hopeful Kieran Kennedy can slot seamlessly in at the back.

“Jake is back in the hospital to see the doctors to have a scan on it,” Hughes said.

“He had a dislocation of his shoulder on Saturday, which has been put back into place now – he went straight to the hospital once he came off – so we’ll probably know a little bit more after his appointment.

“A dislocated shoulder can be quite nasty, especially as it’s the first time he’s done it. The recovery process – the longer you leave it, the better it becomes and it stops it dislocating it again.

“Once it’s put back into place, there’s a risk it could go again if you come back too soon.

“We’ll just have to monitor him now over the next few weeks. You can’t rule him out. Because of the character he is, he will probably want to play some part if he can strap it up and get it done but we’ll have to judge that.

“We’ve got good options there. Jake’s been great – he’s played every minute since I got here – he’s going to be a big loss, his presence, his size, but Kieran’s come in and done a great job.

“We’ve got every faith in Kieran, and he’s done a fantastic job. He’s probably unfortunate to be out of the team.

“He’s deputised at right-back, he’s done a good job at centre-back – he’s a good professional and it’s great that we can call upon someone of his knowledge and experience.”

Hughes also emphasised the fact the win at Braintree keeps Wrexham on track with their promotion rivals, despite recent setbacks on the road.

Victory takes the Dragons to 22 points in the last 12 games – only Eastleigh and Salford of the current top seven have taken more.

And, while admitting he would have preferred to take more points during his time in charge, Hughes believes it highlights the twists and turns still to come in the promotion race.

“This league throws up surprises every week,” Hughes said. “I’ve done a bit of research on where we’re at – I’ve looked at our last 12 games and we’ve taken 22 points.

“In my eyes, it’s a bit lower than what I wanted but it’s still a good return. In a blue sky world I’d love 24 points – more if we can – but two points per game is championship-winning form.

“I’ve looked at the top seven, and the form table reads Eastleigh at the top – they’ve taken 24 points. Even in our bad luck, or form or the defeats we’ve had, we’ve taken 22 points.

“Second is Salford, and they’ve taken 23 – everyone is talking about Salford, and the current form they’re in and they’ve gone top of the league, and they’ve only taken one more point than us.

“It just shows how well this team have done and those fine margins I’ve spoken about are critical.”

Hughes continued: “Below that, Fylde are on 22, Leyton Orient on 21, Solihull on 21 and Harrogate Town on 21. Over the last 12 games, it’s one victory between the top and bottom of the top seven.

“Looking at that, we’re in good form. That tells me, we’ve done well. We’re in a healthy position.

“We could have been a lot better, we could have given ourselves a better chance at the top with some of the performances, but everyone in those 12 games have had sticky spells.

“It’s going to be the same in the next four games, make no doubt about that. What we need to focus on now is maximising our points tally and see where that ends up at the end of the season.”

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