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10 August 2014

Gillingham FC Manager Peter Taylor talks to the media regarding the injuries sustained to Cody McDonald and Stuart Nelson during the 4-2 defeat to MK Dons

Peter Taylor says the full extent of the injuries sustained to goalkeeper Stuart Nelson and striker Cody McDonald will not be known until they have been x-rayed and scanned.

Nelson was substituted at half time during the 4-2 defeat to MK Dons on Saturday due to a possible broken thumb, while McDonald came off on 53 minutes with what could be at best, a twisted knee.

The pair are more than likely to miss the trip to Yeovil on Tuesday, but Taylor was unable to say how long they could be out for.

He said: “Cody looks as though he has twisted his knee, it wasn’t a kick on it but it was as he was going over. It was a foul on him but there wasn’t contact on it – we won’t know until we scan it.

“We will wait and see, at the moment he has strapping on it. I hope it’s not a long term, he hasn’t scored in pre-season but has worked extremely hard and if you get the ball in to him he’s a real threat.

“I can’t honestly comment until we have the scan.”

Taylor admitted he very nearly didn’t play last season’s top scorer, but his gut instinct proved correct when the forward netted in the opening minutes.

He said: “I did say to him before the game that he probably doesn’t deserve to start compared to other people that have probably played better than him.

“The reason he started was that I fancied him to score, I fancied him to get on with it and he did. He looked a threat, even when he got injured.”

As for Nelson, Taylor said he had no choice but to take him off and revealed he may have to sign a stopper on loan if his injury is more serious than first thought.

He said: "He might have broken his thumb so they will get an x-ray on it. He was in a bit of pain at half time so we had to take him off, simple as that.

“We will keep our fingers crossed that it’s not the case but if it is and its longer term that’s where we have had the unlucky bit.”

To read Peter's immediate match reaction, click here.

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