Summer signing Jake Caprice’s frustrating start to his Exeter City career looks set to continue after being forced off with a hamstring injury in the 2-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic.

The ex-Tranmere Rovers man missed the start of the season as a quad injury in the opening pre-season fixture, and then the form of Josh Key meant the 28-year-old had to make do with a spot on the bench.

But after Key’s own injury picked up at Bradford City last week, Caprice made only his third league start on Saturday, and was involved in the build-up to Randell Williams’ opener, only to have the afternoon cut short with a hamstring injury on the stroke of half-time.

Manager Matt Taylor said that they didn’t think it was a hamstring tear, but it adds to the mounting defensive problems they have.

Jake Caprice of Exeter City battles for the ball with George Blackwood of Oldham Athletic during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Oldham Athletic at St James Park, Exeter on 21 Nov. Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

“He was playing pretty well but felt a tight hamstring,” Taylor said. “We’ll have to find out but it doesn’t look like a tear as he was able to stand up. He has had a disjointed and frustrating start to his career after quad injury in pre-season.

“It’s disappointed when players get injured as you want all your players available, but it is part and parcel of football.”

Asked whether he felt the packed schedule of games had contributed, Taylor said: “If it’s a fatigue injury, then it’s towards the end of games, not just before half time, or just after half time for Ben Seymour as on Tuesday. We look after them but the players have to take own responsibility as well.”

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Caprice and Seymour will join goalkeepers Lewis Ward and Jonny Maxted on the injury list, as well as left-back Lewis Page, with both Tom Parkes and Josh Key doubtful for Tuesday’s home game with Colchester United.

“Today was too soon for them,” Taylor added. “We will have them in tomorrow to try and get to some sort of level, but they are sore. If it was the last game of season, we may have got them out there, but I don’t want to put players at risk and if they get whacked early in a physical game then they’ll have to come off the pitch. If they play Tuesday, it may be a bit of a risk.”

Will Dean of Exeter City during the Papa Johns Trophy Group Match between Exeter City and West Bromwich Albion u21s at St James Park, Exeter on 17 November. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK
Will Dean of Exeter City during the Papa Johns Trophy Group Match between Exeter City and West Bromwich Albion u21s at St James Park, Exeter on 17 November. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

And he added that despite the injuries, Will Dean, who left this week for a month-long loan with National League South side Bath City was be unlikely to be recalled, with Jordan Dyer, back from his own loan at Chippenham on the bench.

“Jordan’s come back after his loan and he’s better for that, and Will Dean will do the same. He’s not quite ready to start and we don’t want them to sit on the bench and not playing, so it’s the right thing to do to go out on loan but with the injuries, it not ideal.”





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