York City's Luke Summerfield doubtful for start of new season

Luke Summerfield in action against Sheffield Wednesday

Luke Summerfield in action against Sheffield Wednesday

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LUKE Summerfield could miss the start of York City’s SkyBet League Two season with a knee injury.

The summer signing did not feature in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at pre-season friendly hosts St Johnstone due to minor ligament trouble.

City are hoping to put a timescale on midfielder Summerfield’s absence this week but the initial prognosis suggests that he might not be available for the 2014/15 curtain-raiser at Tranmere on Saturday, August 9.

“Luke tweaked his knee ligaments after a ball caught him on the end of his toe in training,” Minstermen chief Nigel Worthington revealed. “He will probably be out two to three weeks, so it will be touch and go whether he starts the season.

“We could do without that and it’s an unfortunate situation but you’ve got to live with it.”

Worthington is hoping to get a clearer idea of the damage to Summerfield’s knee from phyiso Jeff Miller before deciding whether to look for reinforcements.

His injury left City with only 15 senior players in Perth, including first-year pro Cameron Murray, as Summerfield joined Michael Ingham, Dan Parslow, and Wes Fletcher in the stands with Josh Carson left at home as he continues to recover from cruciate ligament damage.

On the possibility of exploring the loan market for cover in the event of Summerfield’s absence, Worthington said: “We will sit tight for now, let everything settle down this week and see what Jeff says about the situation.”

In the meantime, Worthington wants Lewis Montrose and Tom Platt to press their claims for a spot in City’s engine room alongside skipper Russell Penn, adding: “We have a squad and it’s always up to people to show they want to be in that starting XI and nail a place down.”

City’s players, meanwhile, can expect shooting practice drills this week after failing to take a hatful of chances during Saturday’s stalemate against the Saints.

Michael Coulson, Jake Hyde, Lindon Meikle, Anthony Straker and Keith Lowe all had great opportunities for the visitors with Worthington stressing: “The game was an excellent exercise and there was a lot of good football played.

“The only thing you could fault really was the finishing. We had two clear-cut chances for Couls and Jake that should have been goals, so we have got to keep working on those little bits like making sure we put the ball in the net when it drops to us.

“Steve (Torpey) and I have decided that will be one of the next coaching points because we need quick play in and around the box. There was some good stuff but you have to finish it all off.

“We missed three or four chances and it only takes one at the other end for you to lose a game, but we will be working on that now. You have got to have that sharpness and guile to make sure the ball goes in the net.”

City have now completed half of their pre-season programme with Saturday’s draw following a 2-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and last Tuesday’s 4-0 win in Raith.

Premier League Hull City now visit Bootham Crescent on Wednesday, followed by Nottingham Forest a week later and final friendly visitors Sheffield United on Saturday, August 2.

On his players’ efforts, so far, Worthington said: “I was very pleased with the first two weeks in terms of the fitness work done.

“We have then had three games in a week and I think the work ethic and quality has got better and better. It’s just about the little things now to make sure we are ready for Tranmere on August 9.”

Hull will represent a big step up in terms of opposition for the Minstermen with the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Tom Ince and Nikica Jelavic in the Humbersiders’ ranks.

“It will be a really good test,” Worthington admitted. “They have got top-class players from the Premier League who cost millions of pounds, but we have got to go and enjoy the occasion and make sure we do things right and, whatever happens then, so be it, as long as we get what we want out of the match in terms of our fitness, shape and the ability to look after ourselves.”

City are hoping that Ingham could be available for selection against the Tigers after sitting out the two games in Scotland with a groin problem.

“He did a bit of handing work in training and before Saturday’s game but he wasn’t ready to kick the ball,” Worthington explained. “Hopefully, he should be nearly there this week.”

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1:47pm Mon 21 Jul 14

dbrs88 says...

Im gunna guess a lot of people will be on here moaning about squad size.. but before they do just remember how well loans have worked for us under NW. Im sure NW will bring the right player in if needed. That said according to the few things ive heard, montrose has looked good in preseason.

I for one wont be panicking...
Im gunna guess a lot of people will be on here moaning about squad size.. but before they do just remember how well loans have worked for us under NW. Im sure NW will bring the right player in if needed. That said according to the few things ive heard, montrose has looked good in preseason. I for one wont be panicking... dbrs88
  • Score: 6

3:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

born&breed says...

Following yesterdays posting it looks like Penn and Montrose in midfield - watching the recent games I've got to say Montrose has looked good along side both Penn and Summerfield - no worries from me. I do worry that should either get injuried we are very short, Platt looked a little lost in the last two games - but as most say 'it is pre-season' and it's hard to judge and be up for such a game. At the end of the day from these match Nigel has to pick his best side so he must expect something from each game. Looking forward to the game on Wednesday
As mentioned also I think we need a couple of players as cover until Wes, Danny, Josh and now Luke are back in contention - Nigel work your magic in the loan market.
Following yesterdays posting it looks like Penn and Montrose in midfield - watching the recent games I've got to say Montrose has looked good along side both Penn and Summerfield - no worries from me. I do worry that should either get injuried we are very short, Platt looked a little lost in the last two games - but as most say 'it is pre-season' and it's hard to judge and be up for such a game. At the end of the day from these match Nigel has to pick his best side so he must expect something from each game. Looking forward to the game on Wednesday As mentioned also I think we need a couple of players as cover until Wes, Danny, Josh and now Luke are back in contention - Nigel work your magic in the loan market. born&breed
  • Score: 7

7:59pm Mon 21 Jul 14

OLD - HEAD says...

We dont seem to be having the best of luck with injuries, but one players misfortune means another player has a chance to show what he can do. Montrose has undoubted ability, but performing consistently is his problem. But of course this is the reason why all clubs need a flexible squad of players.
We dont seem to be having the best of luck with injuries, but one players misfortune means another player has a chance to show what he can do. Montrose has undoubted ability, but performing consistently is his problem. But of course this is the reason why all clubs need a flexible squad of players. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 1

8:22am Tue 22 Jul 14

NotInOz says...

A Derby fan at work says they have signed Shaq McDonald. Is this a wind up or have we missed something here? Anybody else know if this is true?
A Derby fan at work says they have signed Shaq McDonald. Is this a wind up or have we missed something here? Anybody else know if this is true? NotInOz
  • Score: 0

8:44am Tue 22 Jul 14

the-e-man says...

NotInOz wrote:
A Derby fan at work says they have signed Shaq McDonald. Is this a wind up or have we missed something here? Anybody else know if this is true?
McDonald obviously had potential. It just appeasr he had "an attitude problem" and needed to get his "head right". It appears NW thought he had not changed or improved enough during his time at York so thought he was not worth the risk of another contract. However, I am sure there are other managers out there who recognise his potential and think he would be worth the risk. I suppose another factor would be that his wages would be a significant factor for York but to a larger club (like Derby) the cost would be insignificant.
How many other young players have gone this way. I would imagine that one of the most difficult problems in developing young talented players in the modern game is keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground. I think Ferguson had the art but even his methods may not now be accepted. Remember the flying boot and Beckham !!
[quote][p][bold]NotInOz[/bold] wrote: A Derby fan at work says they have signed Shaq McDonald. Is this a wind up or have we missed something here? Anybody else know if this is true?[/p][/quote]McDonald obviously had potential. It just appeasr he had "an attitude problem" and needed to get his "head right". It appears NW thought he had not changed or improved enough during his time at York so thought he was not worth the risk of another contract. However, I am sure there are other managers out there who recognise his potential and think he would be worth the risk. I suppose another factor would be that his wages would be a significant factor for York but to a larger club (like Derby) the cost would be insignificant. How many other young players have gone this way. I would imagine that one of the most difficult problems in developing young talented players in the modern game is keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground. I think Ferguson had the art but even his methods may not now be accepted. Remember the flying boot and Beckham !! the-e-man
  • Score: 3

9:02am Tue 22 Jul 14

the-e-man says...

I have posted before that I believe we will have one of the strongest (physically) midfields and defences in the league and that injuries and suspensions will play a large part in our progress. It now appears this will be tested right from the first game of the season.
Montrose and/or Platt now have to realise their potential or Penn will again be battling alone and we will be back to where we were towards the end of last season - defence holding strong but losing the battle further up field.
I have posted before that I believe we will have one of the strongest (physically) midfields and defences in the league and that injuries and suspensions will play a large part in our progress. It now appears this will be tested right from the first game of the season. Montrose and/or Platt now have to realise their potential or Penn will again be battling alone and we will be back to where we were towards the end of last season - defence holding strong but losing the battle further up field. the-e-man
  • Score: 3

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