Ryan Jarvis adds to Torquay's list of absentees for Christmas period
Torquay United will have to tackle the Christmas and New Year programme without forward Ryan Jarvis.
Jarvis scored his fifth goal of the season in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Northampton Town at Plainmoor, but he had to be substituted in the 86th minute and was later taken to hospital with a suspected cracked rib and punctured lung.
The former Norwich City, Leyton Orient and Walsall player, 26, was detained in Torbay Hospital and club physiotherapist Damian Davey said: "It looks like Ryan has a fractured rib and possibly a small puncture of the lung. If he has a puncture and it's small enough, he should be able to go home and recover without surgery, but, if it's bigger, he may need an operation. We'll know more after he has a full scan."
Jarvis was able to walk off the pitch and, with help and in visible pain, to the ambulance outside the Plainmoor dressing rooms.
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The loss of Jarvis knocks another hole in manager Martin Ling's squad approaching the busiest time of the season.
United are already without centre-back Brian Saah, who is suspended for the Devon derby games at home to Exeter City this Saturday and away to Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day.
Billy Bodin, Lloyd Macklin, Ian Morris and now Jarvis are all on the injured list.
As for the match itself, which saw United concede in the second minute of stoppage time, manager Martin Ling said: "It feels like a defeat when you concede that late.
"It's two points lost in terms of the timing of their goal, but I'm most disappointed for my two centre-halves, because I thought they were outstanding against [Adebayo] Akinfenwa and [Clive] Platt.
"Aaron Downes has got the experience, but you aren't going to get a much harder introduction to League football than being up against Akinfenwa and Platt.
"It would have been nice for them, [goalkeeper] Michael Poke and the team to get a clean-sheet, because they deserved it.
"I have nothing but pride in terms of how they stuck at it, but disappointment that we've only got one point.
"It was a test of whether we were going to get overpowered, and Northampton are difficult and hard to defend against, because they work on percentages. I thought every one of my players stood up and was counted.
"I thought Craig Easton in midfield was as good as anyone we had today – he does a lot of work that can go un-noticed by supporters.
"We matched them all the way and then scored a really good goal after a good piece of play by Danny Stevens on the left.
"We knew what Northampton are all about, and we had to compete on their long throws, corners and free-kicks.
"But eventually they got one, at about the third time of asking, and that's frustrating.
"The lads put in a real shift in god-awful, winter football conditions.
"With four minutes to go we were sixth or seventh in the table, and now we're eleventh.
"But we'll pick ourselves up again and be ready to go again against Exeter City here next Saturday."