Central Coast’s Simon in doubt for Nth Qld trip

Central Coast Mariners striker Matt Simon is in doubt for tomorrow night’s clash with North Queensland Fury in Townsville.

Central Coast Mariners striker Matt Simon is in doubt for tomorrow night’s clash with North Queensland Fury in Townsville.

Simon is battling a back injury but will be given every chance to prove his fitness as the Mariners strive to close the gap on the top three against the bottom-placed Fury.

Also under an injury cloud is central defender Chris Doig who is suffering from a quadricep strain and Mariners boss Lawrie McKinna said the Scottish centre-half could miss a few more matches than initially suspected.

"He'll keep working on it but at this stage he might miss a few games which is disappointing," McKinna said.

McKinna said that the Mariners were hoping for a positive away result before facing the Perth Glory at home next weekend.

"After so many away games we want to get a good result in Townsville and come home with confidence," he added.

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