Carl Fletcher plays down Plymouth Argyle's injury list
THE SPATE of injuries which have struck Plymouth Argyle have been described as 'just one of those things' by manager Carl Fletcher.
Five players were on the casualty list when the Pilgrims drew 0-0 against Torquay United in a Devon derby at Plainmoor on Saturday.
Nick Chadwick (calf), Paris Cowan-Hall (hamstring), Rene Gilmartin (knee), Rhys Griffiths (calf) and Jamie Lowry (ankle) were all ruled out.
That led to Fletcher making his move to sign Aldershot Town striker Guy Madjo on a one-month loan before the trip to Torquay.
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The Pilgrims' boss admitted none of the injured players had been close to contention for the game against Torquay.
Fletcher told Herald Sport: "Last season we didn't have any injuries. We were very lucky.
"This year, it has all come in one little spell, and I think sometimes you get that in football.
"You can never really put your finger on why. There is no reason. It's just one of those things.
"We have tried to look into everything," continued Fletcher. "We have got a new pitch, which was re-laid in the summer, and it's a little bit firmer than it was last season.
"We are trying to look into every little detail to make sure we get everyone fit and available for selection."
Captain and centre-back Darren Purse and long-serving midfielder Paul Wotton both played against Torquay despite not being fully fit.
Fletcher said: "Pursey has had little injuries the last few weeks and Wots played through the pain barrier on Saturday."
The Argyle manager has not put a timescale on when any of the injured players will be ready to return to action.
It is all part of his policy of trying to reveal as little information as possible so other clubs cannot work out what his team selection will be.
Fletcher said: "We will try to get them back as quickly as possible.
"That's why we got Guy in, to come in and take a bit of pressure off the injured ones, so it's not a case of we are forcing them back too quickly."
He added: "Once they are all fit and healthy, it will give us a great selection headache."