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Carey's out for season

WREXHAM skipper Brian Carey has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after breaking down again in a reserve team match on Monday evening.

WREXHAM skipper Brian Carey has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after breaking down again in a reserve team match on Monday evening.

The central defender, who has missed seven second division games since limping off at Brighton just over a month ago, has a previously undiagnosed foot stress fracture.

He lasted only 20 minutes of the Avon Insurance Premier League match against Wolves Reserves on Monday and X-rays yesterday confirmed his worst fears.

"It's a major diasappointment, particularly as we are still up against it as far as the relegation battle is concerned," Carey said last night. "I desperately wanted to play a part in what are all very big games for us between now and the end of the season.

"But I've know for some time that it was not right and everything came to a head on Monday night. This injury has summed up my luck this season, because I've not been able to get a decent run of games at all, for one reason or another.

"It's been by far the most frustrating season of my entire career and this could not have come at a worse time for me or for Wrexham. In the situation we find ourselves, it's important to have as many players as possible available for selection but I'll have to watch the rest of the season from the touchline."

Despite the Dragons' plight, currently five points from safety, Carey said he believed he would be returning to fitness next season with Wrexham still in the second division.

"There's a lot of gloom and doom around at present but the players believe we are good enough to stay up," he added. "We have a big weekend coming up with games against Huddersfield and Blackpool and we need to be looking to take at least four points from them.

"That would put pressure on the other clubs around us. Everyone still believes it's possible to stay up and stranger things have happened in football. My hope is that we survive and, from a personal point of view, that would mean finishing the season on a high note."

Manager Denis Smith described Carey's injury as another unwanted problem but said he was not surprised.

"Brian has been determined to get back into action as quickly as possible but I could see, even in training, he was struggling," he added. "He needs a long rest to get over the stress fracture."

Club chairman Pryce Griffiths yesterday updated fellow directors on the current ownership talks that look likely to lead to the disposal of his 78pc majority stake-holding at the Racecourse.

Former Chester City chairman Mark Guterman who last week appeared to be the front-runner, is facing strong competition from Mike Harris, the Oswestry-based businessman who owns League of Wales club Total Network Solutions.


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