Carlisle United’s manager, Paul Simpson, has given a brief update on the injury situation surrounding Callum Guy in an interview on the club’s official website.
Guy was stretchered off the pitch in the 20th minute in Carlisle’s 3-1 defeat against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on Saturday and there is quite the concern over the severity of the injury. The midfielder went down off of the ball with the game stopped instantly. Simpson has now confirmed that the midfielder was immediately taken to hospital by paramedics with a scan expected in the coming days.
This is yet another enormous blow to the Blues’ midfield, with the cohort really struggling for numbers in the area currently. Replacing Guy was last season’s Forest Green Rovers Player of the Season, Dylan McGeouch, who himself had only just returned from injury. Yesterday’s appearance was the Scotsman’s first for two months and he is one of just two fit central-midfielders alongside Owen Moxon. Youngster Taylor Charters is also still on the sidelines with injury meaning that Carlisle really don’t have much cover in the position currently.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Guy will be making a return to action anytime soon, with Simpson stating, “We think there’s some serious damage to his knee but it would be wrong of me to start guessing what it is. At this moment in time we don’t think it’s very good news so we’re just going to have to wait and see.”
Guy has been incredibly consistent for the Cumbrian side this season, appearing in every single League One game.The 26-year-old has formed a good partnership in the midfield with Owen Moxon but that partnership will now be broken for some time, with the manner of Guy going down incredibly worrying.
Speaking on the injury, Simpson went on to say, “He’s been to hospital and they were concerned that there might be a fracture, but we’ve just heard now that he’s on his way back and it’s not a fracture.”
“Like I say, it doesn’t look particularly good but I’m not going to try and say what we think it might be until we get it assessed next week.”
“We’ll get him scanned, and back home, where I’m sure he’ll want to be, and hopefully the news isn’t as bad as it could be.”
Carlisle fans will be wanting the January transfer window to come as soon as possible with the number of injuries in the squad, but also due to the recent performances put out by the players. It very much seems like there is a lack of depth currently, and the injury to Guy exemplifies this, with only one direct replacement on the bench. A relegation battle is looming, and Carlisle certainly need a couple of results in the coming weeks to avoid being detached from their rivals.
First off, I’d like to wish Callum a speedy recovery, the manner that he both went down as well as off of the pitch in was incredibly concerning and hopefully we may see him at some point again this season.
He has been putting in consistent performances week-in week-out and the injury is a huge blow to the squad. The only positive to take was Dylan McGeouch had a good game after coming on after a long time out. Once again though, squad depth is highlighted as one of Carlisle’s biggest weaknesses and the injury to Guy only accentuates this. Experienced and capable players will need to be brought through the doors in January if Carlisle want to play League One football next season, with current performances just not good enough.