Date: 5th September 2008 at 6:53pm
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IAN Dunbavin looks set to miss upto three weeks of football after suffering a gashed leg during the midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to League One side Tranmere Rovers.

The former Liverpool and Halifax goalkeeper had to be substituted after just 23minutes in Tranmere following a clash with Rovers’ Craig Curran, when number one Kenny Arthur took to the field.

The serious gash required stitches and will force Dunbavin out until the end of the month, and as a result goalkeeping coach Jamie Speare has had to be registered with the Football League so that he can take his place on the substitutes bench against Exeter on Saturday!

Speaking about the news gaffer John Coleman told the Lancashire Telegraph: “It’s a horrendous injury – it’s like the Grand Canyon if we’re being honest and we were very disappointed with the challenge.

“Give the lad his dues, he apologised, but in those conditions he had no chance of getting the ball. I know the lad hasn’t meant to hurt Ian but it’s a blow for him. He’s waited for his chance, and he was doing okay, and he might be out for a couple of weeks because it’s a really bad gash.”