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LEAH ADDS TO SAINTS' INJURY WOES
JOHN Leah is adding to manager Ken McKenna's injury woes ahead of the Uefa Cup ties with Manchester City and the start of the new Welsh Premier season.
The influential midfielder, who has scored twice in pre-season, was stretchered off the field in yesterday's 1-0 friendly win over Portadown at Shamrock Park (see picture).
Leah hurt an ankle and could be out for a couple of weeks, but Ken McKenna said the injury had stabilised by the time the team flew back from northern Ireland this morning and he would re-assess the situation on Monday.
He joins an ever-growing list of crocked TNS players - Steve Evans has not been able to start so far this term as he recovers from his summer hernia operation, although new signing Jimmy Aggrey has proved a capable deputy in the centre of defence.
Tommy Holmes is nursing ankle ligament damage.
The good news is that John Toner's foot cleared up quicker than expected and he was able to come on for the last 20 minutes at Portadown.
Nicky Ward also came on as sub after his back problem to score the winner.
With a small squad, McKenna is facing increasingly difficult selection problems.
Former Everton Academy midfielder, Steven Beck, signed non-contract forms just before the Uefa transfer deadline and may be available to provide much-needed cover.
But Saints will be praying that nobody else picks up a knock in the days before the Uefa Cup first leg tie with Manchester City on 14 August.
Saints' next engagement - and last competitive fixture before the tie - is a friendly with an Everton XI at Treflan on Friday (kick-off 7.30 pm).
3 August 2021