Stevenage striker suffers new injury setback

Adam Marriott

Adam Marriott - Credit: Archant

Hamstring tear will see Adam Marriott miss another three to four weeks of the season

Jon Ashton

Jon Ashton - Credit: Archant

Adam Marriott has suffered an injury setback and is likely to be sidelined until the end of the month.

The striker has started five games this season, but sustained a tear in his hamstring after coming on against Cheltenham Town a fortnight ago and is now unlikely to feature for Boro for another three to four weeks.

Fellow striker Calvin Zola is likely to return to training in a fortnight, while centre-half Harry Worley is back running and should be back in full training late January.

Boro were without centre-half Dean Wells on Saturday, while fellow centre-back Jon Ashton went off injured after just 10 minutes in the 1-1 draw against a Morecambe side who themselves are suffering from plenty of injuries.

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Speaking after the match, Stevenage boss Graham Westley said: “When it happens to us at the moment it seems to be happening all at once.

“You’ve got Jon Ashton going off at the same time [defender] Harry Worley’s out and the same time as Dean Wells is out so you end up without a right centre-half.

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“It’s been the nature of our season so far that when it happens it happens in the wrong area at the same time.

“We’ve been recently playing with [Chris] Whelpdale up front as [Chris] Beardsley has been out and Adam [Marriot] has been out and [Calvin] Zola’s been out and we haven’t had a front man. Today we haven’t got a centre-half and would you believe it they head one in from the six-yard zone where you’d normally expect to see Jon Ashton smashing the ball away with his head.

“It’s a little bit tough to accept when these things are happening and the team is being disrupted like that but we are where we are, we’ve jumped a place in the table and we just have to keep grinding away, doing what we do, trying to get better week on week, understanding the issues, not making excuses, building our game and trying to evolve and develop as a team.”

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