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Bell: "Positive Stryjek news"

7 September 2017

Accrington Stanley have received 'positive' news regarding the injury situation of on-loan goalkeeper Max Stryjek.

Stryjek limped off just nine minutes into his Stanley debut at Morecambe on Saturday and it was initially feared he could be facing up to two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

But, after returning to Sunderland for further assessment, Stanley have received an update from his parent club.

"We've had news back on Max and he is only going to be out for two to three weeks," said assistant boss Jimmy Bell. "It's not as bad as we first feared when he limped off on Saturday, so that's a positive for us on the goalkeeping front.

"To lose him so early into his debut was a cruel blow and sets us back to the situation of having one senior goalkeeper available, which isn't ideal.

"I'm not happy that we can't bring another keeper in, I feel we should be given the opportunity to get another as we only have Aaron fit, but we aren't allowed."

Aaron Chapman had started every league game this season until Stryjek's arrival and Bell insists he is more than comfortable calling on the 27-year-old again this weekend at home to one of the pre-season promotion favourites Carlisle.

"Aaron has been magnificent for us," he said. "He was left out on Saturday and within a few minutes obviously he was back out on the pitch.

"All credit to him, he showed great professionalism to get back out there and put in a performance for us, we have no problems selecting him again this week, and whenever going forward, and we trust him to perform well.

With the Stryjek news confirmed, Bell also provided an update on Stanley's other absentee Ben Richards-Everton, who has been missing since dislocating his shoulder at Notts County last month.

"Ben will be another couple of weeks at least," he added. "Apart from that we've got a fully fit squad to select from, including Tyler Forbes who was back and available last week for the trip to Morecambe."


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