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10 November 2022

Club News


10 November 2022

BREWERS Manager Dino Maamria has provided an update on the injury situation ahead of this weekend’s League One fixture against Charlton Athletic.

One concern is the fitness of Adrian Mariappa, who was substituted last weekend due to tight glutes. The Jamaican international is a doubt for Saturday, along with Sam Winnall and Mustapha Carayol.

John Brayford and Corrie Ndaba remain side-lined for two or three weeks, whilst Ciaran Gilligan and Michael Mancienne each played an hour in the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday.

Maamria said: “Mance has been out for a long time. Gilligan has been out for six or seven weeks. He was terrific when I first took over and he’s been a miss for us.

“Mancienne’s experience and his presence in the dressing room has been a huge miss for us as well. It was fantastic to see them both play 60 minutes on Tuesday.”

Another positive from Tuesday was the performance of first-year pro Jakub Niemczyk, who Maamria believes can make a name for himself at Burton Albion.

“Kuba scored a fantastic goal too. He’s come back from a double leg fracture a year ago and he played fantastically in the Birmingham Senior Cup, so he’s another one. Hopefully, he’ll start pushing for a starting spot in the first team soon.”

Niemczyk is yet to feature in a league match for Burton but has shown signs of a bright future and could be in contention for a place in the squad in weeks to come.

The Brewers first team will play their second of five fixtures across all competitions in November, with each of these matches set to be played at The Pirelli Stadium. Next up is a League One tie against a Charlton side containing two former Brewers players in Sean Clare, who played a huge part in our Great Escape, and Scott Fraser.

Having beaten Needham Market in the FA Cup First Round last Saturday, Albion play their first of two November league games on the back of a heavily congested October. Fixture congestion has meant that the Brewers could be without several first team players, but Maamria preferred to talk about how the November schedule could be used as a platform to build upon.

“We have lots of home games coming up, that’s good, but we’ve also only got one game per week. We only have one Tuesday midweek game coming up, and that will help us build certain things that we haven’t had time to do, especially since we had eight games in October.

“The biggest concern is that we come off the back of a very busy October and we got some knocks and bruises. This weekend, we’ve got to find a team without some key players who picked up injuries late on in October. Having mainly one game a week will hopefully give us that breathing space to get some players back on the pitch.”


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