|Oumare Tounkara signs until the end of the season|
I'm sure Ward's decision to hand the Frenchman a deal was influenced in some way by the news confirmed this morning that David Clarkson will miss the rest of the season as he requires on operation on his injured ankle. He's been having trouble with it for much of the season and can't quite seem to get it to heal and it has been decided that an operation is needed. It's hugely disappointing for us and for Clarky because he's a very talented footballer and it leaves us very thin on the ground in terms of experienced senior pros. Hopefully he'll be fit for the start of pre-season and can come back stronger than ever before.
Ward has also announced that Ryan Brunt could return for the game against Burton Albion on Saturday as he returns from his own injury problem. He missed the midweek defeat to Northampton Town but trained yesterday and this morning in a bid to prove his fitness and it is hoped he can join in with the group work that will take place tomorrow. A partnership of Brunt and Tounkara is something that could be considered to offer us different qualities to the ones shown by Eliot Richards and Tom Hitchcock in the last couple of matches.
I wish Clarky the best of luck in his recovery.