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Injury blow for Darlington captain
Darlington's Gary Brown has suffered a further blow after being told he faces longer on the sidelines than first anticipated with an ankle injury sustained last weekend.
The first diagnosis following an x-ray on Saturday, immediately after playing in Quakers' friendly at Gateshead, suggested six to eight weeks out of action.
But the defender yesterday received the results of an MRI scan, which revealed three ruptured ligaments, so he is now looking at being unavailable for eight to 12 weeks.
The absence of Brown, a virtual ever-present last season, coupled with the exit of Joe Tait to Gateshead means that manager Martin Gray will have a new centre-back pairing when the season starts on August 17.
Jordan Robinson and Chris Hunter have both played there in pre-season, though one of them is likely to start the campaign at right-back.
One candidate is Lee Bullock, the former York and Hartlepool player who was used as a trialist last week against a Middlesbrough XI.
Although a midfielder for much of his career, Bullock can also play at centre-back, which is where Gray used him last week.
He could play tomorrow evening when Darlington play at Durham City (7.30pm).
This evening, Quakers' under 18s are at Billingham Town (7pm).
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