More injury worries as Robson is ruled out

Phantoms will be without one concussed defenceman this weekend - and will make a late decision over the participation of another.

Thursday, 12th January 2017, 8:42 am
Updated Thursday, 12th January 2017, 8:47 am
Captain James Ferrara protects the puck in the defensive zone against Sheffield. Picture: Tom Scott

Scott Robson became the club’s latest casualty when on the receiving end of a centre-ice hit in the final period of a 6-3 success against Sheffield last Sunday night.

Coach Slava Koulikov confirmed the 21 year-old will play no part in away clashes at Swindon this Saturday, and Manchester the following night.

Koulikov is still monitoring the progress of fellow blue-liner, Ben Russell, who missed both games last weekend due to concussion. He could return.

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Forward Will Weldon continues to be sidelined with knee damage while Marc Levers is playing on occasions while awaiting hernia surgery.

Koulikov said: “I don’t think I’ve ever known a season in which a team has had injury problems like this.

“I remember us having nine guys out a couple of years ago, but those injuries were all pretty close together.

“We had a tough few weeks, got through them and then had the players back for the rest of the season.

“But this season is really tough. I don’t think we’ve ever really had a full roster and it doesn’t look like it will happen for a while either.

“If we get one guy back, then we seem to lose another one.

“It’s a situation we’re having to work through very carefully.”

Netminder Janis Auzins and star defenceman Tom Norton both missed a 6-1 defeat at Basingstoke last Saturday night due to ‘slight knocks’.

They both returned against Sheffield when illness ruled out Robbie Ferrara.