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Belford out for rest of the season

15 April 2016

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LUKE Williams has revealed that Tyrell Belford has sustained a severe muscle tear, ruling him out of action for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.

Now without the only two senior goalkeepers on the club’s books, Town were given special dispensation to bring in Jake Kean on loan from Norwich City on an initial seven-day emergency loan as cover.

“It has come to light retrospectively that Ty had first felt a tightness in his groin after the two games over the Easter weekend but did not report it to the medical staff at that point,” Town’s Head Coach told “He continued to train and play and decided to self-manage the situation himself. It wasn’t until after the Fleetwood game that he first reported this discomfort to the club’s physio. Initial assessment suggested that his groin pain could be consistent with a low-grade muscle tear but Ty felt he could still play and was therefore allowed to do so. After the Oldham game Ty came clean with the extent of how much discomfort he was in with the groin but again, was adamant that he could play in the Bradford game – such is his character. However, after the Bradford game, he told us that dead ball kicking during the match had been too painful but he managed to complete the game. It was at that point the physio re-assessed his groin and felt the symptoms were severe enough to warrant a scan and it was at that point a significant tear was confirmed. With this confirmation the decision to play was then taken out of Ty’s hands and the physio intervened and declared him unfit for selection.”

He added: “We’re very pleased to have Jake with us. He’s a confident lad and has some league experience. He seems to have got on with everybody very quickly and he knows Louis (Thompson) from Norwich which has helped him to find his feet. We’re excited to see him play.”

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