City players struggling with knocks and niggles

PUBLISHED: 12:49 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

The Blackburne brothers, Mark, Rob and Stuart

The Blackburne brothers, Mark, Rob and Stuart

AFTER the Christmas and New Year fixtures were disrupted by the weather, it s a tricky road back to action for the Citizens players. Many of the squad are carrying niggles and knocks, which has become evident in the last quarter of games. Against St Marg

AFTER the Christmas and New Year fixtures were disrupted by the weather, it's a tricky road back to action for the Citizens' players.

Many of the squad are carrying niggles and knocks, which has become evident in the last quarter of games.

Against St Margaretsbury, Mark Blackburne tightened up and had to be replaced, and brother Stuart has experienced similar problems.

For the game against Tring Athletic last Saturday, Richard Morton was missing through injury, with Ben Hayden still looking to build up his fitness.

New signing Adam Wallace was thrust into action despite not playing a full 90 for a number of months.

Welwyn Garden City boss Del Deanus said: "There are a few stiff legs out there.

"When you haven't played for so long it's difficult to keep the fitness levels up.

"But fair play to all the lads, they are always working hard and always want to play."

Last Saturday's 3-2 victory at home to Tring came at some cost though.

Captain Richard Teixeira had to be replaced just past the half-hour mark after going down with a hamstring injury.

But with Fabio Valenti, Jason Williams, and Richard Morton set to return, there's set to be some light relief when WGC return to action.

City are without a league game this Saturday.

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