Craig Mackail-Smith had to be substituted off after 28 minutes in Luton Town’s 4-1 victory over Hartlepool United yesterday, but assistant manager Terry Harris is hopeful his injury is nothing too serious, reports Luton Today.
The striker pulled up midway through the first half in yesterday’s game and was replaced by Jack Marriott, who came on and scored a brace in their impressive 4-1 win at Victoria Park.
However, Hatters assistant boss Harris was optimistic about Mackail-Smith, saying: ‘Craig had a bit of a tight hamstring. It’s just tight more than anything else, nothing too major.’
Mackail-Smith has featured eleven times in the league this season for Luton Town, and has scored three goals in that period – the latest of which came in the 1-0 home win over Mansfield Town a few weeks ago.
Although the forward will be a loss in missing several upcoming fixtures, Harris has no worries about his replacement in Marriott who impressed him thoroughly when he came on, saying: ‘Jack came on and did exactly what Craig is there to do, stretch them, get behind them, and I thought he did it ever so well.’
Luton’s next game is a midweek fixture away at Gillingham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
We are yet to know whether Mackail-Smith will be fully fit but, with Marriott in fine form after yesterday’s excellent performance, his likely absence may not be as significant as first thought.
Luton fans… what do you make of the news? Will Mackail-Smith be a significant absence? Or is Marriott a more than adequate replacement? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!