Laird and McEachran suffer injuries during Argyle win

MK Dons 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 6:00 am
Ethan Laird struggled on into the second half despite a shoulder injury

Both Ethan Laird and Josh McEachran could be doubts for Saturday's trip to Burton Albion after picking up injuries in the win over Plymouth Argyle last night.

McEachran, making just his fifth appearance for the club, suffered a neck spasm earlier on Tuesday and could only move his head in one direction. He was replaced at half-time by Louis Thompson.

Manchester United loanee Laird suffered a shoulder injury in the first-half and managed to play 20 minutes of the second period despite heavy strapping and looking unable to move his left arm before being replaced by Daniel Harvie.

Josh McEachran was limited with a neck injury

"Ethan did well to last as long as he did – he's still quicker than most even with one arm!" said manager Russell Martin afterwards. "Ethan gets kicked a lot because he's a threat. He's taken some really physical treatment in the last couple of games, and tonight he landed funny on his shoulder.

"I thought he might have to come off, but it was strapped up by Simon Crampton at half time and it kept him going for a bit.

"But he's exhausted as well. It's his first loan playing first team football in a team that demands so much of him with a lot of physical demand. I think he deserved a break for the last half an hour."

Regarding McEachran, Martin added: "He was fantastic, he's so gifted. He really suits us and helps us control the game. He played without being able to move his neck to one side, he woke up with a spasm. Crammo managed to release it a little bit but when he went up for a header, it started to spasm again. It's exciting that he can play like that only being able to look one way!

"He'll take time to get up to speed fully but you can see what he can bring."