Bird injury opens race for Muratti spot

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Training last Thursday night with his club at Clos des Pauvres, in St Saviour, Bird landed on the outside of a foot to sustain the injury.

He missed the Saints’ 1-0 JFA Wheway Cup final victory against Trinity on Saturday afternoon at Springfield and he is a doubt for the Saints’ run-in to the end of the season and probably Muratti Vase final, too.

‘I just don’t know,’ said Bird yesterday.

‘It’s the wrong time to get injured with so much going on at this stage of the season so I’ll just have to wait and see.

‘I’m having treatment and although I’ve been told it could be between four and six weeks you never know I may be fine again in a week or two.’

Jersey manager Dave Kennedy is expected to name his Muratti squad in the next week to ten days and with former Muratti capped goalkeepers Jimmy Styles and Casey Hickling recently returning to the Island after spells away touring either could be called into his squad which included Jersey Scottish stopper Craig Fletcher recently in Alderney.

Kennedy said: ‘Andrew’s injury is a blow to himself and for the Muratti squad and we’ll give him as long as possible to recover.

‘We have others nursing injuries too and the situation is the same for them as well.’

Defender Scott Devlin turned his ankle out on a training run last month while Jersey Scottish colleague Paul Aitken, a striker, is recovering from a knee injury.

Kennedy said he has been told the pair could feature in Scottish’s Division I match at St Peter on Saturday 19 April. If they do it will be good news.

Kennedy has lost Rozel Rovers midfielder James O’Haire, who was in Jersey’s squad in their 7-0 Muratti semi-final win in Alderney, through suspension.

Kennedy added: ‘James unsuccessfully appealed against a suspension and he is very disappointed to be missing out. He has done well this year for us; he’s an extremely proud man when he pulls on the Jersey shirt but now he has to take this ban on the chin and learn from his mistake.’

O’Haire was sent off for alleged violent conduct while playing in a five-a-side KO Cup match for Division I champions Pallot Glass against Bauformat Kitchens early last month.

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