Stags injuries mount ahead of Oldham clash

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Hemel Stags coach Troy Perkins has been left counting the cost his side’s defeat against Oxford as he prepares for this weekend’s clash with Oldham.

Perkins said: “Our physio room looks like a casualty ward at the minute. We’d had a decent run of no injuries until a week ago, but we’ve been hit pretty hard now.”

Alex Ingarfield (head), Gareth Honor (ankle) and Ash Johnson (shoulder) are all likely to miss Sunday’s game against Oldham, while Chad Sharp is suspended.

Up to four more unnamed players will be given fitness tests on Thursday night.

Perkins added: “There’s a few blokes missing, but we’re lucky that we run a second team so we’ve got a reasonably big squad.

“The blokes we’re bringing in are pretty capable players that have just been waiting for an opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Danny Whitmore could feature for Oldham - if the paperwork on a one-month loan deal from Batley Bulldogs can be completed ahead of Sunday’s match.

Oldham coach Scott Naylor said: “He’s a good listener, a strong athlete and a player with a great attitude and work ethic.

“We hope he will provide us with the kind of rugby we all know he is capable of.”

Naylor will select from a fully fit squad for Sunday’s trip south.