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Daggers boss John Still believes injuries are no excuse

PUBLISHED: 12:30 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:54 14 September 2017

Luke Pennell in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Luke Pennell in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still believes injury-list is no excuses for his side’s dip in form.

Luke Howell of Dagenham shows off his eight stitches after a boot caught him in training (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Luke Howell of Dagenham shows off his eight stitches after a boot caught him in training (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers have had numerous players out on the sidelines, including the likes of Michael Cheek, Luke Pennell, Daniel Sparks, Joe White, Luke Howell and Scott Doe in recent weeks.

Still revealed how the player’s treatment is going and gave a rough idea of the time frames they could come back into contention.

“We’ve got a few out but I don’t want to make excuses,” Still said.

“Michael Cheek had an operation on his knee, so we’re waiting for the outcome of that.

“We would think it’s probably four to six weeks and it’s been a week or so maybe a little bit less than that.

“Daniel Sparks has been out for some time, it’s quite a nasty injury so he’s just trying to get his way back and it will take time.

“Joe White has got a problem with his neck so he’s not been involved the last couple of games.

“He’s been struggling a little bit, but we all have injuries.”

Luke Pennell was added to the injury list after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Hartlepool when he forced off with an ankle injury and replaced by Ben Nunn with 19 minutes left in the match.

“Luke got injured on Saturday so he’s out for the next few weeks, we’ll probably see a bit more of how it will be once the swelling comes down.

Two players closer to returns to the first-team are Scott Doe and Luke Howell who have hardly featured yet this season.

“Scott Doe is back in full training.

“Luke Howell got a nasty cut on his eye and just had the sticks out so he can possibly push on now as well.”

Dagenham brought in a new face in the form of striker Chike Kandi from Leatherhead on an undisclosed fee this week to ease the pain and Still revealed how the signing came about.

“It was something we had our eyes on with the Oliver Hawkins situation, so we’ve waited and waited, then obviously when we found out the situation with Hawks then we pushed the button to bring him in.”

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