Damien Mozika's return from injury delayed by a week as Scunthorpe United midfielder suffers small setback
DAMIEN Mozika has been described as a ‘very fragile player’ after it was revealed the Scunthorpe United midfielder had suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Manager Brian Laws says the Frenchman has been unable to train this week as he recovers from the problem, which he suffered in early January.
It is news that adds to the frustration United have become accustomed to during Mozika’s 19 months at Glanford Park.
He has proved himself to be a key player when fit but various injury niggles mean the longest run of consecutive matches the 25-year-old has started at Scunthorpe is nine, which came at this time last year.
“We’ve had to pull Damien out of training – he’s had a little bit of a setback,” Laws admitted.
“It’s down a bit of tightening in his hamstring around the area, but there’s nothing to suggest he’s re-injured it.
“We’ve alleviated him from the training side of things for the moment, but we’ll look to build him back up next week.
“That’s the course of action we’ve got to take. He’s a very fragile player I’m afraid.
“He’s been out for so long. He’s not had a full pre-season and whenever we get him fit, he’s always susceptible to picking up other injuries due to weaknesses around his body.”
Mozika’s setback comes less than a week after Laws had said the midfielder must prove his fitness is he was to earn a new contract with Scunthorpe.
The Iron have a year’s option on the former Bury and Chester City man’s current deal, which expires in the summer.
Whether they are likely to exercise to that right at present remains doubtful, with Laws saying having a player of the Frenchman’s ability, but being unable to play him regularly was a ‘luxury’.