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Dagenham & Redbridge duo Hines and Murphy set for spell on sidelines

Daggers' Rhys Murphy sees his shot blocked by Alan Marriott of Mansfield Town. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Daggers' Rhys Murphy sees his shot blocked by Alan Marriott of Mansfield Town. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Monday, March 10, 2014
1:16 PM

Dagenham & Redbridge could be without influential duo Rhys Murphy and Zavon Hines for the foreseeable future.

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Both missed the 2-2 draw with Exeter City on Saturday through knee and groin injuries respectively, and boss Wayne Burnett believes it could be some time before the duo are back in action.

Hines picked up the injury during a development team game against Cambridge United on Tuesday, while top goalscorer Murphy has been nursing a groin injury for the past six weeks.

And Hines looks set for at least three weeks on the sidelines, while Murphy will be assessed week by week.

“With Rhys we are having to manage him so he might not be all right after a game Monday and Tuesday then come Thursday and Friday he is back to normal again,” said Burnett.

“It’s progressively getting worse and he needs a bit of a rest. He could be out a week, two weeks or four to five weeks. We don’t know, it depends on how quickly he is recovering from this occurrence he has. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.”

On Hines, the Daggers boss added: “Zav’s got an impact injury in the week in a game we had and he’s recovering all the time but he is potentially going to be a minimum of three weeks.

“He says he recovers quite quickly and let’s hope he does but until he starts doing some work we aren’t really going to now.”

Both have played a big role for the Daggers this season, and in doing so, have missed very few games between them, which Burnett feels may be a factor in their injuries.

“Both Rhys and Zav have played more games then they have continuously in the whole of their careers so they have got to adjust to that,” he said.

“We have to be really careful and manage those players. We try to rest them as much as we possibly can but it’s catch 22. You rest and because you do that you don’t want them to lose any of their fitness.”

The Daggers have been dealing with Murphy’s injury for some time, with the former Arsenal man substituted on a number of occasions late on.

The injury may well be why Burnett was doing so, however, he did reveal he could be risked, but it would have to be right for all parties.

“We are coming into a stage of the season where we have 12 games to go where he could probably play in some of those remaining games,” he revealed.

“But it’s got to be right for him and for the team. There’s no good playing him for the sake of playing him, he has got to make a contribution.”

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