Media Watch - Winger Marwood faces injury lay-off

28/04/2011, by Jeff Bowron, Evening Chronicle

Gateshead's flying winger James Marwood has broken his ankle and faces a fight to be fit for the 2011/12 Blue Square Bet Premier season.

The 20-year-old Newcastle United product has had an operation and could face three months on the sidelines, the new Conference season beginning on August 13th.

Marwood, who scored the first goal in the Durham Challenge Cup final win over Dunston UTS, has had an injury affected first season at the International Stadium.

The son of former Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday winger Brian, Marwood junior had been pencilled in to start the final two games of the campaign, including Saturday's final fixture at home to Newport County.

Marwood has made 11 starts and 15 appearances off the bench for Gateshead this season and manager Ian Bogie is hoping the wide man will be able to take part in pre-season.

Bogie said: "I'm confident Marwood will be fit for the start of next season. The players don't return to training until the start of July and he'll have had a couple of months of rehab by then.

"He is a player with genuine pace and a lot of potential. He is at the start of his career and needs to work on his game and his final delivery, but he is an exciting prospect.

"His pace takes him away from people but also means he gets caught more than most players, and he certainly earns a lot of free kicks.

"His impact has mainly been off the bench, he's become something of a super sub and he now has to get into the side regularly and make an impact from the first minute."

Gateshead are limping, literally, to the finishing line with no fewer than seven players sidelined through injury, on loan Sunderland left back Michael Liddle the only definite returnee against Newport.

The spine of the side is likely to be missing for Saturday's 5:15pm kick-off against the Welshmen, central defender Ben Clark, centre midfield man Kris Gate and centre forward Jon Shaw all out.

Bogie meanwhile has given first choice goalkeeper Tim Deasy an ultimatum after the 25-year-old turned down an improved contract.

"Deasy has been been offered a good deal," said Bogie "it is take it or leave it - but if he doesn't we will bring in a new goalkeeper, and there won't be a shortage of them in the summer."

Gateshead will publish their retained list next week, eight players currently contracted for the 2011/12 campaign.