Date: 23rd October 2008 at 6:08pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley are calling for a ban to blades being used on football boots, following two injuries to their players in recent weeks because of the specialised grip slashing skin.

Phil Edwards was stretchered out of Accrington’s 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night after just 17minutes at the Fraser Eagles Stadium, because a metal blade had cut the skin on the back of his leg so badly that he couldn’t walk and later required eight stitches.

Edwards is now a doubt for Stanley’s next game at home to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, and will face a late fitness test along with skipper Peter Cavanagh who is carrying an achilles injury. Liam Richardson may be back in time for the clash, but is also doubtful.

Stanley’s number two goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin was ruled out for upto two months following a tackle with blades that gashed open his leg, assistant manager Jimmy Bell told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Phil has got an horrific gash behind his knee.

“I`ve looked at the video and it was an accident but again it`s because of the blades.

“Something needs to be done about them because we had this with Ian Dunbavin. They`re very dangerous.”