Magpies' Whitlow wait

Last updated : 17 January 2005 By Richard Brown

Amidst widespread fear of serious injury to the knee of the 37-year old captain, the club is today waiting upon the outcome of a knee scan believed to have taken place earlier today on the much-improved former-Bolton journeyman.

Whitlow: Out for the duration?
However, the prevalent belief today, certainly from manager Ian Richardson, suggests that damage could keep him from anything between a fortnight and the rest of the entire 2004/05 season.

Thus leaving Whitlow, injured in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Southend United, at the centre of yet another longer-term injury scare at the ‘Lane.

Speaking to the Notts County Official Site earlier today, Ian Richardson said, "We don't know the full story yet until Mike has had a scan and seen the surgeon today as he has only just arrived."

"There are certain levels of tear that he could have sustained. A level one will rule him out for the season, a level two is probably about six weeks or so and a level three would see him out for a fortnight or so,"

After finally having seemed to put his sub-standard start to an opening season as a Notts player behind him, it could well appear that what lies ahead sees only surgery, bike work and rehab for the crocked Notts man.

Nevertheless, whether it be a two or twenty weeks of absence, the inevitable void left by Whitlow will be all too apparent, making him, rightly or wrongly, a key member of County’s side.

Be sure to report back to NCM for any further break throughs on the injury front over the coming days.