No team likes having to deal with injuries. It causes a selection headache for the manager, and also the risk of overtiring your players for future games.
This problem undermined the result of Bury v Morecambe in the Johnston’s Paint Trophy on the 6th October. Firstly, Bury were only able to bring a squad of 15, a player less than a full substitute bench.
On the other hand five key players were ruled out for Morecambe, including top scorer Tom Barkhuizen and Laurence Wilson.
Morecambe did manage to take the game 1-0 through Miller’s 81st minute goal, but the question of injuries in the lower leagues was the main talking point.
Bury not only would have had the tough decision of who to substitute into the game, but they would also have had the worry that if they lost another player through injury, they would struggle to field a challenging side for the next few games.
There are many factors that contribute to injuries, whether it is a more aggressive style of play, worse medical staff, or worse facilities and pitches to play on.
One thing that is clear is that this is not a rare occurrence. Only last month Morecambe played a Yeovil side who could only muster four substitutes from their squad.
Is it up to the Football League to take a stand? Should there be a five sub limit in the league, to stop the richer clubs from having a constant advantage?
Questions need to be asked in the lower leagues, but will something be done? The answer is probably not.
Fans will have to travel hundreds of miles to watch their team battle out a draw, just because they do not have enough players to play competitively.
If there is anything more unprofessional in football than the poor excuse of the Football League allowing this trend to continue, then I certainly haven’t seen it yet.
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