Scannell to miss his own farewell game?



Friday 28th December 2007 - Scannell to miss his own farewell game?

By Adrian Kajumba

EASTLEIGH fans may have already seen the last of wing wizard Damian Scannell in action.

Scannell was due to play his final game in Eastleigh colours tomorrow before his big £5,000 move to League Two club Southend when the January transfer window opens next Tuesday.

But Spitfires manager Ian Baird lists the 22 year-old as a doubt for tomorrow's visit of second-placed Eastbourne Borough.

Scannell played on after suffering a first-half knee injury in the Boxing Day draw against Basingstoke Town before eventually being withdrawn in the 65 minute.

Baird said: "I would imagine that Damian will struggle to make the game because he has taken some quite rough treatment against Basingstoke.

"He had to come off with 25 minutes to go after taking a knock to the knee.

"He looks like a major doubt. It will be his last game and it will be a big shame if he doesn't play but these things can't be helped."

Scannell is not Baird's only injury concern for tomorrow's game which puts Eastleigh against the only unbeaten side in the Blue Square South.

Goalkeeper Jamie Pullen, who only made his comeback from a month out after an ankle operation against Havant last Saturday, sat out the draw with Basingstoke after injuring his other ankle and will be sidelined once again.

Pullen is due to have a scan next week to assess the seriousness of his latest injury.

Former player-boss David Hughes is also set to miss out after coming on as a sub against Basingstoke and picking up a foot injury.

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