Hartlepool Utd’s Flinders a doubt for Southend after injury in Nottingham Forest defeat

Scott Flinders in action at Forest
Scott Flinders in action at Forest

COLIN Cooper will be asking his medical team to work around the clock in a bid to make sure star player Scott Flinders is fit for Saturday’s visit of Southend.

The goalkeeper was forced off at half-time during last night’s 3-1 defeat in the first round of the Capital One Cup at Nottingham Forest.

Flinders had complained of a slight tightness in his backside before the game but, after feeling the problem again during the first half at the City Ground, it was decided to minimise the chance of further injury.

And Cooper admits he will now turn to his physios in the hope of getting Flinders on the pitch for the all-important first home game of the campaign.

“I would like to think at this moment Scott has more than a 50-50 chance,” Cooper explained.

“He is sore but there are three days before the game and our medical team will be working very hard to get him fit.

“We need our them to be grafting for the next few days to make sure we get him on the pitch on Saturday.

“Scott is a very important part of our team, and that is no disrespect to Andy Rafferty, who has had a smashing pre-season.

“But we want Scott out there because he is a huge player for us.”

And of the injury, which saw Flinders replaced by deputy Rafferty, Cooper added: “Scott felt something in his backside before the game but, in fairness, he gave it a go.

“He felt a twinge before half-time so it was sensible to bring him off.

“It wasn’t worth risking Scott definitely missing the weekend for the sake of another 45 minutes.

“We have got a big game on Saturday and we want Scott to be fit for that.

“But it was a good experience for Andy.

“He’s desperate for first-team football so it was nice for him to experience somewhere like the City Ground.”