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Aldershot postponement means Torquay United's Brian Saah will be kept in suspension

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

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The wait must go on for suspended Torquay United defender Brian Saah, after the postponement of today's League Two game at Aldershot Town means that he will not now be back in action until the middle of next month.

That will be five weeks after the red card which sparked off his three-match ban.

Saah, sent off at Bradford City on December 8, was due to sit out matches against Northampton Town, Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle and then return against the Shots.

But the Devon derby against Exeter at Plainmoor fell victim to the weather and now the Aldershot match is off.

Saah hopes to complete his suspension when United entertain AFC Wimbledon next Tuesday.

But that won't end his exile; next Saturday's scheduled home game against Rotherham United has already been rearranged, because the Millers are involved in the third round of the FA Cup.

So Saah will not now be available until the Gulls travel to Burton Albion on January 12 – five weeks after his dismissal at Valley Parade. Gulls manager Martin Ling said: "As it turns out, that game at Bradford cost us big time.

"Brian was sent off, we also lost Billy Bodin to an injury which is still causing him problems, and we lost the match to a very late goal."

There is another factor in United's central defensive calculations – young defender Angus MacDonald's loan from Reading expires on January 6.

So Ling must decide whether to try and extend that agreement to make sure that he has adequate and ongoing cover at the back.

Bodin was not with the Gulls party which set out yesterday morning and then waited at Exeter when they heard that there was a pitch inspection at Aldershot.

The disappointing news came before lunchtime, so they didn't get far before having to return to Plainmoor. Bodin has a scan on his ankle booked later next week, and will not play against AFC Wimbledon. "Billy has been soldiering on, but we need to get to the bottom of his injury now," said Ling.

"The plus is that another few days gives Lee Mansell a fighting chance, no more than that, of being fit for Wimbledon."

Mansell had three stitches in a knee wound after the 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Plymouth Argyle.

There is still no news of a new date for the Exeter derby at Plainmoor.

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