Pool down to ‘bare bones’ after injury blow

Craig Cathcart (left) during the warm-up
Craig Cathcart (left) during the warm-up
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CRAIG Cathcart is a major doubt for tomorrow’s home clash with Nottingham Forest as manager Ian Holloway admitted: “We are down to bare bones at the back.”

The defender limped out of the warm-up ahead of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley and was replaced in the starting 11 by Ian Evatt.

Cathcart was due to have a scan this morning on what is believed to be a calf strain, though not the same calf which kept him out for three weeks this month. Manager Ian Holloway said. “I doubt very much he’ll have any chance for Tuesday. Ian Evatt’s knee has also been locking.

“We’ve had a scan on that and he has quite bad bone bruising, so he could do with a rest really.

“That’s the reason he was named on the bench on Saturday, but (with Cathcart’s injury) it’s a good job I put him on the bench.”

Holloway made the rare decision to travel to Turf Moor with no back-up players.

He explained: “I did things a slightly different way.

“I normally bring 20 or 21 players (to an away game), but I only took 18 as it was such a short trip down the road and we weren’t training before the game.

“I worked with the team that was going to start on Friday, and blow me down I had to change it before the warm-up finished.

“I could have brought Kirk Broadfoot or Chris Basham as back-ups but I wanted them to train instead.”