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Aaron Morris, Bradley Garmston and Deji Oshilaja have all picked up knee injuries for Gillingham in pre-season

Gillingham’s preparations for the new season have been rocked by a trio of knee injuries.

The club have yet to give a timescale for the absence of the versatile Aaron Morris after he suffered a serious injury.

Left-back Bradley Garmston is out for six weeks and may need an operation after dislocating a knee cap while Deji Oshilaja is recovering from a strain at the back of his knee.

Aaron Morris Picture: Barry Goodwin
Aaron Morris Picture: Barry Goodwin

Boss Justin Edinburgh described the losses as a “real huge blow” as the injuries leave him short of defensive options.

He said: “It was bad to have picked up the three knee injuries but there was nothing we could do about those.

“It is a big blow, all being defenders and that has left us short. We have to look at it positively and hopefully Deji will be back next week and then we have to assess from there.

“On the medical side and with sport science, what we base everything on is that we don’t pick up any soft tissue injuries, that is the only thing we can affect.

“With impact injuries there is nothing we can do about that and it is part and parcel of the contact sport that we play in. It was a real huge blow for it to happen so early on.”

Edinburgh is in the market for defensive players and played several trialists in his back-line at Concord on Tuesday night.

Former Northampton player Josh Lelan played a part in the 2-1 win, coming on for the second half, while former Scunthorpe and Sheffield United player Marcus Williams played left-back in the first half.

East Thurrock’s Tom Wraight also featured, replacing Williams at left back in the second half.

Read the report from Concord here and reaction to the win from Justin Edinburgh here.

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