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Raiders rocked by double injury blow

PUBLISHED: 11:43 20 September 2011

AJ Smith chases the puck

AJ Smith chases the puck

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Smith and Harvey sidelined

Romford Raiders have been rocked by a double injury blow ahead of their eagerly-anticipated Essex derby with Chelmsford on Sunday.

Young forward Frankie Harvey missed the weekend action due to a knee problem and is due to see a specialist tomorrow.

And linemate AJ Smith could be out for up to six weeks after fracturing his thumb late on in the 7-1 win over Oxford at Rom Valley Way on Sunday.

Smith was hit from behind by Stars import Martin Lee, with less than two minutes remaining, and Raiders saw Lithuanian import Andrius Kaminskas handed a match penalty for roughing after flattening Lee with a check from behind.

He said: “I’m gutted, especially with the games against Chelmsford and Invicta coming up. I was really looking forward to them.

“I went head first into the boards so I’m quite lucky it’s only my thumb really.

“I didn’t notice it at first, but then it started getting bigger and bigger and turned purple, so I went to Queen’s and they did an x-ray.

“It’s fractured and strapped up and I’ve got an appointment next Wednesday at the fracture clinic, so will know more then.”

Smith netted in both the 7-2 win at Bristol and success over Oxford to take his tally for the season to five in five games.

And his frustration was clear, as he added: “They said it could take six weeks, but hopefully I’ll be back before then.

“I can’t grip anything at the moment, though, and I’m on strong painkillers. I’ve got to do everything one-handed and keep it dry because of the dressing.

“It was only the other week I was saying how good our line was looking and now me and Frankie are both out.”


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