City’s injury woes continue as defender Adam Jackson has been ruled out of the weekend’s fixture with Oxford United after contracting Covid-19.
The Imps are already reeling from the loss of Jorge Grant, Joe Walsh, Tom Hopper and Max Sanders with injury, as well as losing Brennan Johnson to the Wales squad, but we will now go into one of the toughest matches of the remaining ten without our consistent central defender Jackson. It is a massive blow, perhaps even a mortal one given how tender we have been at the back recently.
Jackson and Montsma struggled without the protection of Liam Bridcutt in front of them, with the former Leeds man getting his first 90 minutes in as we drew with Sunderland at the weekend. The result, a better performance at the back and a draw. Sadly, as has been the case for much of the season, Michael once again has to tinker with a side that pulled off a decent result.
“Unfortunately Adam tested positive for Covid on Monday so he won’t be available,” Appleton said in his morning press conference.
“Everyone else is negative. They were all negative on the day [Monday]. We got them tested again the following day and everyone was fine. It’s a player missing that we could have done without as we’re pretty much down to bare bones. It’s way it rolls a bit at the minute.”
Jackson has appeared 30 times for the Imps this season, scoring the only goal of his stay at the Bank against Oxford on the opening Saturday of the league season. The former Hibernian man has been a steady influence at the back, although he has been playing through injury in recent weeks.
The Imps go into tomorrow’s game knowing a host of teams hunting a play-off spot could move within touching distance should we fail to get a result. Oxford were one of the pre-season favourites, having been beaten in the play-off semi-finals last time out, but their own hopes are fading fast. They have struggled for goals of late and were beaten by Blackpool last weekend leaving them nine points behind the Imps, having played the same amount of games.