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York City forward Matty Blair picks up groin injury
WEMBLEY hero Matty Blair is facing a race against time to be fit for the start of York City’s npower League Two campaign.
The 22-year-old forward picked up a groin injury in the warm-up before yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the King Power Stadium.
Manager Gary Mills said: “It may keep him out for a couple of weeks, which is disappointing.”
As well as the Blair blow, several Minstermen players have been hit by a sickness bug during their week-long pre-season training camp in Rutland.
Mills added: “We have had a sickness bug going through the camp, but that is the only downside.
“It’s been an excellent break – perfect for us.”
Ashley Chambers and Michael Coulson netted for City against the Foxes, who trailed twice but pulled level first through Jacob Blythe in the first half and then former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford with ten minutes remaining.
“We played very well,” said Mills. “There was a lot of good stuff. We looked quite sharp and looked fit. We kept the ball well and created a few chances. It was good.
“Everybody got some game time.
Leicester fielded a mixture of youngsters and first-team squad players, including Beckford, left, and Mills was satisfied with the 2-2 outcome.
“They played a good strong side and it was a test,” he said. “They are a Championship side and we are in League Two, but we’ve got to believe in ourselves.
“We dominated in the first half and that really pleased me.
“We are getting close to the Doncaster game a week on Saturday now and we want to keep up fitness levels, but everything has gone to plan on this trip.”
Mills was delighted with Chambers’ contribution against his former employers, adding: “Ash looked good. He got one goal and could have had a hat-trick.”
David McGurk played 20 minutes as he recovers from a knee injury.
The long-serving centre-back will be hoping to step up his fitness with an outing in his benefit game against Middlesbrough at Bootham Crescent on Saturday (3pm).
“David did well so he is on the road to getting back,” said Mills, whose side return to York tomorrow.
Meanwhile, season tickets will be available for collection from the Bootham Crescent ticket office from 10am on Monday, August 13.
A total of 1,441 season tickets have so far been sold for the long-awaited return to the Football League, up by 396 on last year.