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Cheltenham Town book Andy Gallinagh in for hernia op

Andy Gallinagh
Gallinagh has made 112 starts for Cheltenham since his debut in 2005-06

Cheltenham defender Andy Gallinagh will have an operation on a double hernia in his groin on Tuesday, 25 January.

The 25-year-old has been troubled with the injury since late November, but has managed to play on and manage the pain.

"Gallers played 17 games on the spin and was brilliant, he's showed what a great team-man he is," manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"People have to take a leaf out of his book, he puts the team ahead of anybody else and that's the type we need."

Gallinagh kept on playing alongside Steve Elliott in the heart of the Robins defence while Martin Riley was out with a hamstring injury before Ashley Eastham arrived on loan from Blackpool on 6 January.

That allowed Gallinagh to drop down to the bench for a couple of games and now with Riley close to resuming training he is being sent for surgery.

However Gallinagh insists playing through the pain barrier is something any of his team mates would do.

"I'm disappointed to get this, I thought I was playing quite consistently," he said.

"We all want the team to do well, we all to do great things for the club so of course the club comes first and it's something that we'd all do."

If the operation goes well Cheltenham hope Gallinagh could return to training four weeks after surgery.

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