Gillingham suffered two more injuries on Tuesday night – just hours after another player was ruled out for the season
Manager Steve Evans has never experienced anything like this before His team had suffered from injury issues since the start of the season and will now miss Jacob Mellis for the remainder of the campaign
This news came hours before goalkeeper Jack Bonham and defender Ryan Jackson both injured each other in the midweek match at Ipswich Town
Evans was eager to bring out the best of former Chelsea player Mellis this season – he scored a special goal against Oxford – but those hopes were dashed after the 29-year-old injured his knee
Mellis is the second Gillingham player to be excluded from the season after Stuart Oâ ???? Keefe broke his leg against Coventry City in the League Cup
Speaking of Mellis, Evans commented: â ???? He’s torn some cartilage in such a bad way it’s in the road and it’s the end of the season, simple
– He’s our most naturally gifted, technical, no10 at the club and I think he was just settling down and producing some great performances, but we have to endure that
â ???? We had to endure Stuart, we had to endure them all I’ve never known anything like it I’m completely scratching my head on what we’re going to do
– I’ll talk to the boss (President Paul Scally) and see what we can do If there is nothing we can do, that’s a problemâ ????
Evans brought Kyle Dempsey back to the squad on Tuesday, after returning from a second injury of the season Forward Vadaine Oliver came off the bench but was described as only 80%
Tom Oâ ???? Connor is another who has had a stop-start season His return to Gills was cut short early by an international appeal but could now be out for a month due to injury
Jackson could be missing for a month to six weeks, but hopefully goalie Jack Bonham won’t be too much of a problem. He left the field on Tuesday after a neck injury during a Gills’ awkward landing. ? the only replacement is Joe Walsh, 18
Evans said: « We only have 18-19 players, it’s a bigger test than I’ve ever had as a coach I have never seen anything like it and they are all different injuries, not just soft tissue.
Gills boss has said he will bring in a replacement for Bonham if he is excluded from visiting Sunderland at the weekend
Coventry moneylender couple Declan Drysdale and Josh Eccles had different issues Drysdale attended a funeral at a level three location on Monday and the Gills are awaiting the result of a Covid-19 test before reintroducing it into the group Eccles celebrated becoming a father earlier in the week and only returned on Tuesday, so he was included on the bench, to at least form a full squad
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