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Ken McKenna is optimistic but cautious ahead of the Uefa Cup tie with Ísters
KEN McKenna left Manchester Aiport with his Saints' squad this morning optimistic but cautious, saying a good result in the Uefa Cup tie would be "a triumph over adversity".
TNS will arrive in Vaxjo late Tuesday afternoon ahead of their first qualifying round tie with Ísters.
And the familiar injury bogey has already struck with Steve Evans, Chris King and Martin Naylor all sidelined from first leg duty.
"Last season was the worst I have ever had for injuries," said the Saints' boss.
"It is a blow, but we have to get on with it. I am down to 12 professionals and we have brought in some players to have a look at.
"It is not the most ideal preparation on the injuries front, but I am learning to deal with it."
Saints will face the perennial disadvantage for Welsh clubs, that their opponents are in mid-season, albeit a disappointing one on the results front to date.
"The big advantage they have is that they have played 12 or 13 league games," McKenna continued. "It is the same for all Welsh teams, year in year out."
In addition to three friendly wins in Ireland, the only bit of good news for the management in pre-season has been the return to fitness of midfielder John Leah after a long lay-off. "It's like having a new player," said McKenna.
"Ísters look strong and well organised defensively and their left sided midfielder looks dangerous.
"If the tie is still alive at Wrexham, it will reflect not only in our performance, but in the number of people we get through the gate," he added.
13 July 2021
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