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Hines and Wells update

26 December 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson took time after his side's 2-1 victory over Accrington Stanley to update supporters regarding the fitness of Zavon Hines and Nahki Wells, both of whom went off during the Boxing Day encounter.

Hines came off towards the end of the first half after appearing to accidentally take a whack to the face following a stray arm from Accrington's Peter Murphy, being replaced by Wells in the process.

The Bermudian striker himself was then forced off after the restart to allow eventual match-winner Alan Connell onto the field of play.

Parkinson revealed post-match that Hines had received a finger nail in his eye during the clash with Murphy, while Wells was removed after still showing signs of the stomach bug that had forced him to start the game from the bench in the first place.

As a result, the pair are both rated as doubtful for Saturday's home clash with Rochdale.

"Zav has got a finger nail in his eye. I've had that myself so I know it can be quite painful," confirmed Parkinson.

"His vision was getting blurred as the half wore on.

"He's going to go the hospital now just to get it checked as a precaution.

"Using my previous experience with this sort of injury, it is usually pretty painful for twenty-four hours and then it does settle down.

"As I'd said before the game regarding Nahki, he had been struggling recently with illness.

"He wasn't going to play at Wycombe (Wanderers) because of it and we had him up yesterday (Christmas Day) to try and do some stuff with him.

"We thought we could name him on the bench today and give him maybe the last twenty minutes or so.

"We had to put him on a bit earlier than what I wanted though (due to Hines' injury). In hindsight, I should have probably put Alan (Connell) on instead.

"You have to make those sort of decisions quickly though, and I just felt today was a day for pace.

"Nahki still wasn't right when he came on so we had to bring him off."

Defenders Carl McHugh and Curtis Good missed the Accrington fixture altogether, making the duo further doubts for City for the forthcoming Rochdale game.

"Curtis has a sickness bug as well," confirmed Parkinson.

"He was going to play today, but I have to say I thought Tom Naylor came in and did really, really well.

"For Carl, we knew the Brentford (F.A Cup replay) game was probably pushing his body a bit with the extra-time, but we had no-one else to play and his calf has just tightened up.

"I don't think it is anything serious - not sure if he'll make the weekend but he should have a good chance for the Morecambe (New Year's Day) match."

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