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Injury concerns for Shrimps boss

Neil Wainwright
Wainwright has made 43 appearances since joining Morecambe in July 2008

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy has expressed his disappointment with the continuing injury concerns involving Jim Bentley and Neil Wainwright.

Captain Bentley played through the pain barrier despite injuring his shoulder last year, while midfielder Wainwright, 31, injured his Achilles in April.

"Jim's had trouble with his shoulder," McIlroy told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"I thought everything was in place but then get a phone call last week saying he's going to be out for two months."

McIlroy added: "Neil's had injections in his Achilles from the end of the season but all of a sudden that's stopped and he's missed injections, so we're behind on him now.

It's alright running round tracks...but when the season begins it's the football that matters

Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy

"We're going to have to really improve on the medical side and that'll start from today."

Defender Bentley, 33, was hopeful earlier this week that he could be back in time for the start of the new season, but McIlroy gave a more pessimistic response.

"I want to look on the bleak side at the moment and then maybe get a bit of a bonus," he continued.

"They'll definitely miss the first pre-season games and that's a massive blow.

"These players are going to be doing catch-up. It's alright running round tracks and running up hills but when the season begins it's the football that matters."

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