Stockport County Defender Set To Miss Promotion Six-Pointer

Stockport County have had a strong year as they bid for promotion into the third tier, however, the season has threatened to derail on numerous occasions since their record-equalling winning streak came to an end, having only averaged less than 1.5 points per game since that run. 

Injuries have been one area where the side have struggled all season, and the final nine games of the season look set to be no different. Boss Dave Challinor has confirmed, via the club’s official YouTube channel, that loanee Ethan Bristow will not be available for the visit of fellow promotion hopefuls MK Dons this weekend.

“Definitely not Ethan Bristow, He will be out for maybe three weeks with his shoulder,” confirmed the former Hartlepool United manager.

The left-back joined County on loan during the January transfer window from MLS outfit Minnesota United and has since made nine appearances at Edgeley Park. Those appearances have returned a goal already so there will be a hope among supporters that the 22-year-old can return soon.

Having graduated from the Reading academy, Bristow moved to Tranmere Rovers in 2022, before making the switch across the Atlantic last summer.

The fixture against MK Dons, which is a televised encounter, could end up being one of the most important games of the season for both sides. With only one point, but two places, separating the two, this match could be one of those looked back on at the end of the season as the one which determines the automatic promotion places.

A win for Stockport could see them close the gap on current league leaders Mansfield Town. 

Writer’s View

County fans will need this injury not to be as severe as potentially once feared, however, with possible short-term replacements in the squad, the next few weeks may not feel too long.

If Stockport fail to get promoted this season, it would understandably be deemed a failure considering the strong position they found themselves in during November. With the likes of Wrexham, and their opponents on Saturday, closing them down for second, if a streak of consistent wins do not come soon enough, they could drop out of the top three altogether.

 

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