February 26, 2009
FC UNITED have lost one of the Neville brothers – and signed up the other one!
But the Rebels have not swooped for Premier League duo Gary or Phil, but have picked up 20-year-old left winger Lee Neville after his big brother Dave broke a leg in last week’s vital 2-1 win at Kendal.
Middleton lad Lee will continue to play for current club Oldham Town after signing forms for FC, and Dave claims he will be back in training in just two weeks after his fracture was diagnosed.
“We will have Lee signed up and ready to play for us if we need him,” says manager Karl Marginson, who will also be without top scorer Kyle Wilson for tomorrow’s Gigg Lane clash with Buxton.
“We didn’t want to bring him in and sit him on the bench, but he will be available to us if we have any problems in the next few weeks.
“I reckon Dave will be out for four to six weeks, but he says he is a quick healer and will be back in two. There were a few tasty tackles flying about at Kendal, and he copped a bad one – he tried to play on, but soon realised it was a bit more serious than he first thought.”
Tunji Moses is on stand-by, but Jamie Baguley and Neil Chappell are also options in centre midfield, with Adam Carden also available again after serving a one-match ban.
Marginson has urged the FC fans to shout his team into the play-offs: “It sounds corny, but the support really did turn out to be a 12th man last season, and played a big part in getting us into the play-offs and then promoted.
“They were fantastic at Kendal last week, and with 12 games left I think 24 points would get us into the play-offs. We also had a happy dressing room up at Kendal, and that was a result from which we can kick on.”