Darren Dods may look to recruit a striker as injuries leave Andy Jackson as the last gunslinger

Photo - Derek Watt
Photo - Derek Watt

Brechin City boss Darren Dods says he could look to bring in a striker on loan after losing three of his forwards to injury.

Robert Thomson suffered a thigh strain against Airdrieonians two weeks ago and is unlikely to make this weekend’s derby game, David Weatherston had to go off mid-way through the Albion Rovers defeat and Dene Shields sustained a bad injury to his knee ligaments as a result of an accident in training.

The injuries to the trio leaves Andy Jackson as the side’s only recognised striker, with full-back Kevin Buchan also having some experience of the position.

The nature of Shields’ injury harkens back to the crushingly bad luck the side were enduring earlier in the season, with the forward coming off much the worse from an innocuous foul in a training game.

Dods said he’d have fancied the likes of Thomson and Shields to put away some of the many chances his side created in the latter stages of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Albion Rovers, though he added he felt City should still have had enough about them to win.

The gaffer said: “In training Dene took a touch, the ball was took off him and he’s tracked back to tackle James Dale. He slid in and gave away a foul, but with the way he’s landed and with James on top of him he’s strained his ligament in his knee. He’ll be five or six weeks we think.

“Robert got problems with his thigh against Airdrie so we took him off and then David Weatherston had to come off against Albion Rovers. That’s three of the boys who can play up front so we’re looking to maybe get someone in on loan to help Andy Jackson out up front.

“For the last portion of the game we camped them in but didn’t do much with it which is disappointing. You’d fancy Robert or Dene to put some of those chances away for us.

“But again, we still should have had enough about us. With the injuries we’ve got we probably had more defensive players on the park in the second half than we would have liked but that’s just how it was.”