Injuries Continue to Mount for Stags as Rhys Oates and Stephen Quinn are Latest to be Sidelined
After a goalless draw with Bradford City at the weekend, boss Nigel Clough announced that Stags striker Rhys Oates and midfielder Stephen Quinn will be sidelined for a few months following ankle and knee injuries respectively, adding to Mansfield Town’s lengthy injury list.
Mansfield Town’s injury problems continue as two more players are sidelined through injury for the next few months.
Stags forward Rhys Oates, who played in the Carabao Cup penalty shootout victory over Sheffield Wednesday, has ruptured his ligaments in his ankle and will be out for two to three months.
Meanwhile, midfielder Stephen Quinn, who hobbled off in the 3-2 comeback win over Stockport County, will be out of action for three to four months with a knee injury.
🚨 Forward Rhys Oates has ruptured ligaments in his ankle and will be out for 2-3 months.
— Mansfield Town FC (@mansfieldtownfc) September 2, 2023
Stags boss Nigel Clough provided an update on the duo following the draw against the Bantams which the duo missed out on.
“Their prognosis is not very good. Rhys ruptured ankle ligaments in that challenge right in the 90th minute at Hillsborough when he won a corner. The scans suggest two to three months,” he added.
“Stephen Quinn made a challenge down here against Stockport quite early in the first half and has nicked a ligament in the side of his knee and he will be a bit longer – between three and four months.”
The duo join Alfie Kilgour on the long-term injury list, alongside Elliott Hewitt who sustained an ACL injury at the back end of last season.
In better news; James Gale, John-Joe O’Toole and Baily Cargill have all returned to fitness, while midfielders Aaron Lewis and Hiram Boateng are both nearing match fitness.
Recent injuries to the likes of Will Swan and Ollie Clarke seem like the distant past, but the duo will be looking to keep fit as Mansfield Town’s squad is running thin.
Full-backs Stephen McLaughlin and Callum Johnson will also be looking to return to fitness in the not-too-distant future, with George Williams still getting up to match fitness and sharpness after no pre-season.
The Stags have got a week to prepare for their away clash against Accrington Stanley and have a good run of fixtures following that, with only one midweek game in September which is their Third Round Carabao Cup tie against Peterborough United.