Defensive reshuffle for Bury as Phil Picken faces fresh injury fears

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CAPTAIN Craig Jones or midfielder Chris Sedgwick look to be the top candidates to fill in at right-back for the final five games of Bury's season after it emerged Phil Picken had suffered a setback on his return from a knee injury.

With Frederic Veseli returning to Ipswich following a successful three-month loan spell, it was hoped Picken would be ready to step into the breach after being sidelined for almost two seasons.

But manager David Flitcroft revealed the 28-year-old defender fell awkwardly during a reserve team game and was due to undergo tests.

“He has just had a bit of a relapse with his knee and we are getting some assessments done on it,” said the Bury boss.

“We played against Burnley behind closed doors and he just fell awkward.”

Picken was an integral part of the Bury squad that won promotion from League Two in 2011 and helped keep them in League One the following season.

But he ruptured knee ligaments at home to Notts County in September, 2012 and required surgery for a second time after breaking down in a training session during pre-season last summer.

Picken’s latest setback comes at the worst possible time for Bury as Veseli returns to East Anglia.

The former Manchester United defender has played the last 18 matches for the Shakers, helping them to 10 clean sheets and seven victories, the last of which came in his final game at home to Exeter on Saturday.

“There was a standing ovation after the game for Veseli. It was quite emotional, if I’m honest, because the players realise what he has done,” said Flitcroft.

“He’s played a big part in all those clean sheets and I want to publicly thank him for the time he has shared here.

“He’s been part of a real winning format and he should be proud of his performances for Bury Football Club.”

While Flitcroft joked assistant manager Chris Brass was eager to dust off his boots, it seems either Jones or Sedgwick will fill the right-back berth if he chooses to stick with the 4-4-2 system that has seen Bury go unbeaten in their last five matches.

Another alternative would be to switch back to 3-4-3 and recall either Richard Hinds or Nathan Cameron, both centre-backs, to the defence.

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7:15am Thu 10 Apr 14

shakencity says...

I'd play 3 -5-2 again, but i've got a feeling Sedgwick will be put at RB.

Mills, Mcnulty and Hussey at the back.
Jones, Sedgwick, Miller, Soares and Mayor across the middle.
Nardiello and Hope up top.

Fire Picken off at the end of the season (or as soon as) and get a decent RB in over the summer, along with a good back-up....as Picken just ain't that good imo.
I'd play 3 -5-2 again, but i've got a feeling Sedgwick will be put at RB. Mills, Mcnulty and Hussey at the back. Jones, Sedgwick, Miller, Soares and Mayor across the middle. Nardiello and Hope up top. Fire Picken off at the end of the season (or as soon as) and get a decent RB in over the summer, along with a good back-up....as Picken just ain't that good imo. shakencity
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1:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

mammol says...

Hmm possibly go Cammeron or Hinds with Mcnulty and Mills at the back across the middle Jones Miller soars and Sedgewick whilst up top why not put both the young kids up front ? (Hope & Rose ) that way the entire Scunny defence will not get a minutes peace. then last half hour bring Nards on to finish em off I agree with Shakie get rid of Pickin but please try and get Mills and the beast signed up
Hmm possibly go Cammeron or Hinds with Mcnulty and Mills at the back across the middle Jones Miller soars and Sedgewick whilst up top why not put both the young kids up front ? (Hope & Rose ) that way the entire Scunny defence will not get a minutes peace. then last half hour bring Nards on to finish em off I agree with Shakie get rid of Pickin but please try and get Mills and the beast signed up mammol
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4:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Eileenshakers says...

Yes I agree with both of the above comments,picks is too injury prone and I think the only reason the club haven't released him before now is that he was an important part of our promotional squad being the only surviving member.

Mcnulty,hinds,mills,
hussey across the back if playing a flat back 4.
Yes I agree with both of the above comments,picks is too injury prone and I think the only reason the club haven't released him before now is that he was an important part of our promotional squad being the only surviving member. Mcnulty,hinds,mills, hussey across the back if playing a flat back 4. Eileenshakers
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4:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Eileenshakers says...

Picks go and pick your nose on the sausage roll,the club cannot expect to pick up the tab when you have these careless injuries.
Picks go and pick your nose on the sausage roll,the club cannot expect to pick up the tab when you have these careless injuries. Eileenshakers
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