Hartlepool United’s former Chelsea defender faces surgery question

Hartlepool United's Carl Magnay.
Hartlepool United's Carl Magnay.
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Craig Harrison admits a decision on the immediate future of Carl Magnay is not far away.

Hartlepool United’s skipper is struggling with a hernia and is booked in for surgery next week. But Harrison has explained that the timing of the op could change, depending on how much discomfort the former Chelsea defender is in.

If he can keep doing that then great, but we don’t want to put him in a position where he won’t do himself or the team justice

CRAIG HARRISON

Magnay is a doubt for tomorrow’s match at Torquay – Harrison, for all he rates the 28-year-old as a right-back and leader, does not want to select a player who has little chance of finishing the game.

The captain was forced off in midweek, with Michael Ledger taking his place.

“Mags has been dosing up in training and in games to come through it,” said Harrison.

“If he can keep doing that then great, but we don’t want to put him in a position where he won’t do himself or the team justice.

“You don’t want to go out there knowing at some point you have to be taken off.

“We had to make a defensive sub on Tuesday when we wanted to win the game, and having to do those changes put you on the back foot tactically.

“He is captain, a leader and been playing through it for two or three weeks.

“But if he can’t through a game and we have to make a defensive sub every single match then we only have two other subs we can use.”

Harrison says Magnay playing on will not make the injury worse, but says there is a dilemma over whether he should have surgery now.

“It won’t cause any more damage, you can play with a sportsman’s hernia,” he said. “But do you want to get it fixed and get back fully fit as soon as possible? There’s arguments on both sides, there is no definitive answer.”