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Inverness Caledonian Thistle face double injury blow before vital relegation clash

By Will Clark

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Caley defender Remi Savage and Arbroth striker Jay Bird battle for possession. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Caley defender Remi Savage and Arbroth striker Jay Bird battle for possession. Picture: Callum Mackay.

Defender Remi Savage is definitely out of tomorrow’s trip of Hampden after suffering concussion in the victory against Arbroath last week.

He was accidently kicked in the face by his teammate Cammy Kerr during the match at Arbroath last week.

The club’s medical team have ordered Savage to remain out of action for 12 days as a result of concussion.

Defender James Carragher is also a major doubt for Saturday’s clash after he tweaked his hamstring against Arbroath.

Manager Duncan Ferguson says Carragher will be assessed in training on Friday to determine if he will be fit enough for the match against Queen’s Park.

However, he says Savage will definitely be out of Saturday’s trip to Glasgow after last weekend’s freak injury.

Ferguson said: “Remi Savage has been ruled out by our medical staff and has delayed concussion.

“He was treated on Saturday, and has had a headache for a couple of days. He has been ruled out for 12 days.

“James Carragher has tweaked his hamstring, we will try to get him out in training but he could be a risk.

"These things happen and that's why you have a deep squad. We have been really unlucky with injuries, with Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen and Sean McAllister having to return to Leeds and Everton, while we now have Remi Savage and James Carragher out too.

"Four of the players I brought in and are in my team. It is frustrating, but I have other good players who have got to step up.

"It has been a horrendous run of injuries, which I feel has knocked us back. If those players were available, we'd be a different team.”

Inverness head to Hampden knowing victory will take them out of the relegation zone with three matches remaining if they can beat Queen’s Park.

Arbroath are almost relegated as they are 12 points behind Inverness with four games remaining, but an inferior goal difference means they are certain to finish bottom of the table.

While disappointed Inverness are still battling against relegation, Ferguson is pleased that his team have got themselves into a position where their fate is in their own hands.

"It is in our hands. If we win our games, we stay up.

"It would be massive to win on Saturday and get out of the relegation zone.

"It will be a tough match. Queen's Park beat us last time up here, so it's one we're looking forward to. We're full of confidence.”

Queen’s Park suffered a 5-0 hammering at home to Dundee United last week and Ferguson thinks that bad result could still play in their opponents’ minds.

But he is also expecting a reaction from the Spiders who he thinks will be determined to prove a point.

“This is a cup final for us as games are running out for us.

“We can go two points ahead with a victory. But they could go four points and that could make it a mountain to climb.

“I think they will be hurting, there will be a reaction.

“I am expecting the best from Queen’s Park on Saturday, they beat us here, but we beat them at their place convincingly.”

“They beat us here even though we were the better team and we created a lot of chances. It will be a great game and the players will look forward to it.

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