Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis ponders squad strengthening after Abdul Osman's injury
CREWE manager Steve Davis says he will look to the loan market for midfield reinforcements if Abdul Osman is ruled out of this weekend's trip to MK Dons.
Osman twisted his ankle as he fell after a challenge from Leyton Orient's former Port Vale man Anthony Griffith 10 minutes into second half of Saturday's 1-1 draw.
Davis is now assessing the injury and may be tempted to renew his interest in Arsenal youth midfielder Craig Eastmond if the prognosis is not good.
"We will have to see if Abdul is going to be fit for the weekend. If not, then we may have to look at doing something," said Davis.
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"The Orient player did come through and win the ball, but he came through the back of him and that is an illegal challenge.
"He has come through and Abdul has gone over on his ankle and was unable to continue. He had ice on it straight away and we will have to see how it is."
Osman's injury saw youth graduate Ollie Turton come on to deputise, but it was another substitute, 17-year-old winger Ryan Colclough, who really caught the eye.
Colclough came on for quarter-of-an-hour to replace fellow wide man Brendan Daniels, aged 18.
Both had played together in the Haywood Engineering College team which reached the final of the Sentinel Shield in 2010.
Haywood assistant head Mark Boughey, the manager of that team, said: "Brendan has so much power and over the first two or three yards he could explode – and he could score free-kicks from virtually anywhere. Ryan was a bit lighter, but has all the skills.
"With those two up front in our team we could take on anyone because they could score goals from absolutely nothing. Both played in years ahead of their age group.
"We have been very proud to see them make their Football League debuts so soon, but Crewe has always had a reputation for bringing young players through and they always stood out as special talents."