Date: 31st October 2013 at 9:53pm
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With manager Mark Yates admitting that Craig Braham-Barrett may be close to a return to first team action following the injury he sustained in the game against Rochdale, our senior sports therapist Ian Weston explained the full extent of the injury he suffered.

Braham-Barrett was on the end of an unfortunate collision (for him) by Rochdale player Jamie Allen in the first half of the two one home defeat, and such was the extent of the nasty facial injury – despite the fact he played on in the game after the medical staff stopped his nosebleed – he had to miss the game against Morecambe, and was only an emergency substitute on the bench in the game against Northampton.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo Weston explained that in the challenge, the player suffered a broken nose and some loose teeth which left him unable to eat normally for several days following the game.

‘Craig took quite a whack to the face and he had a nosebleed which we managed to stop, so he could play on and he’s a brave lad. He went for an X-ray the next day which revealed a small fracture in his nose, but it was the teeth which caused most of the problems.’

Weston said that for a good few days after the game he had badly bruised gums and several teeth were in fact chipped as well as loosened, and in his own opinion, he has no idea how the Rochdale player wasn’t given a straight red card following the incident.

‘Craig is an honest lad, who had his eyes on the ball and it was a nasty one.’

Weston went on to explain that in recent times the 25 year old has been for dental work to have the damage fixed, and now that the pain is gone and he’s had a reasonably suitable recovery period, he believes he’s ready for selection again should Yates want him, and not decide to give him a little bit extra time to recover and maybe a few more days to fill his belly again.

As for the other injury news alluded to in the other article tonight, Weston said that he expected McGlashan to return to full training tomorrow, so whilst rated 50/50 it really does depend on how he feels and looks following the training sessions tomorrow.

He says he has an outside chance of making the squad, as light training hasn’t produced any reaction so far, but he’ll definitely be fit and raring to go for the FA Cup clash against Tamworth.

Tamworth is also the most likely return date for Stevie Elliott with everyone agreeing York is too soon.