Cost-cutting on scans drags out Lincoln City's injury agony
Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth has revealed the club's troubled finances are forcing him to hold back on treatment for injured players.
In the past money has been set aside to pay for scans and assessments of injuries.
However, with Holdsworth being forced to work with the club's lowest budget in 40 years, he is now having to be cautious before making a decision to get a player checked out.
The result is that the length of time players are on the treatment table is inevitably being extended.
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"As a club we have to be careful with our insurance," said Holdsworth. "The club has spent a lot in the last two years with injuries and scans.
"That has been difficult. We cannot afford it as a club. I cannot stress how important a good club structure is and to be done right.
"But we, as a club, have to be careful. Where in the past with an individual we would get them scanned, we are more reflective now. We have to be more patient now.
"I estimate that we spent £30,000 last year on scans and opinions. There was a huge amount to spend, and we cannot afford to do that.
"The club cannot afford scans and as a manager you can only do what your club can afford in terms of its finances."
At present, Lincoln City's injury list is weighing heavy on Holdsworth's thin squad.
He is currently without Rob Duffy (ankle), John Nutter (hamstring), Alan Power (ankle) and Conal Platt (leg) all slowly working their way back to fitness.
"We have to look at all the ways players can recuperate," explained Holdsworth.
"If a player has a soft tissue injury it is hard to diagnose and get the correct approach.
"If you go to a consultant there is a fee.
"We have to be selective in terms of injuries.
"We have to be patient. It is an issue, we have to make sure and we have to be reflective."
None of his current injured players are expected to be back in time for Saturday's home clash against Luton Town.
The high-flying Hatters have strengthened their line-up with a number of experienced players over the summer.
However, Holdsworth believes that his line-up will be ready for the challenge.
"There is no way in a million years will we ever go out on to the pitch with a defeatist mood," he added.