Stokoe waits for injured trio

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DAVE WATSON, Bobby Kerr and Dick Malone are all undergoing treatment for injuries received in Saturday’s F.A. Cup fourth round draw with Reading, but Manager Bob Stokoe has high hopes that all three will be available for Wednesday night’s replay at Elm Park, writes Argus.

Of the three, only Watson was able to train today, though he has the painful reminder of a kick on the shin which he received in the later stages when he pushed up into attack. The prospects are that he will be much more comfortable by Wednesday night.

Kerr and Malone both missed training to continue treatment. Kerr’s injuries come under the heading of direct violence and leave him with severe bruising on thigh and forearm. The bruising is well defined and physiotherapist John Watters is applying himself to the task of winning the race against time.

Mr Stokoe says: “A lot can happen in 48 hours and there must be a good chance that he will be cleared by Wednesday. Malone, who went over on an ankle in the last few minutes, reported yesterday morning with a badly swollen ankle. It was a little better this morning and he might be able to do a little work later this afternoon.”

“I’ll probably be taking a party of 14 down for the game, but I am not sure what it will be at the moment. We have the youth team at Hull tonight in a Northern Intermediate League Cup quarter-final and the Reserves are at Middlesbrough tomorrow in a League game.

ARSENAL REQUEST

There could be a further complication over a request from Arsenal to take Richie Pitt and Keith Coleman on loan with a view to transfer. Mr Stokoe says: “I’m still waiting for a call from Arsenal manager Bertie Mee to talk this over. At the moment there is no change from the position as stated on Saturday.

“Both players will be in the party travelling to Reading and it is likely that we will be leaving them down there after the game.”

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 5 1973.