Dagenham & Redbridge defender Ben Nunn set to miss start of National League season
PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 July 2017
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Daggers right-back battling to be fit to face Barrow on August 5 after breaking hand
John Still admits right-back Ben Nunn is one of a number of players who face a race against time to be fit for the opening day of the National League season on August 5.
Nunn, a summer arrival from divisional rivals Boreham Wood, was spotted walking around Victoria Road on Saturday with his left arm in a sling.
Speaking after the 2-1 friendly defeat at home to a West Ham United XI, Still confirmed the 27-year-old had broken his left hand.
Nunn was not the only player to miss the loss, with skipper Scott Doe also on the sidelines, having undergone a hernia operation.
New signings Dan Sparkes and Charlee Adams are also yet to make their first appearance in a Daggers shirt having been hampered by injury since joining this summer.
And Still admits all four are doubts to be fit in time to face Barrow at Victoria Road on August 5.
“I don’t know if Ben will be fit, and the same goes for him, Doe, Adams and Sparkes,” said the 67-year-old.
“They will be fit not long after, but the truth of the matter is I don’t know if they will be fit for the first game.”
If Nunn is to miss the opening game of the league season through injury, it is likely Sam Ling will deputise for him.
However, perhaps in a bid to see who else could fill in their if needs be, Still took the chance to try two players in that position against West Ham.
Left midfielder Jake Howells initially came on for Ling in the 60th minute, before Tyrique Hyde came on in that position 13 minutes later, allowing his team mate to switch to the other full-back position.
It seems, however, it may have been a case of needs must against the young Hammers, with Still not entirely sold by either player filling in at right-back late on in the loss.
“Jake can play left-back, but I’ve never seen him play right-back before!” Still admitted with a smile.
“Tyrique had to go right-back at the end, but he’s a midfielder.
“It is what it is, and it was good for some of the young boys to get some game time.”
Daggers continue their pre-season preparations on Saturday when they host League Two outfit Stevenage.
The Essex club will hope to finally earn their first win of pre-season this weekend.