Three players to miss start of season

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Berwick Rangers kick off their competitive fixtures this weekend with an injury headache.

For they will go into their opening match, a Ramsden’s Cup first round clash against Livingston, with three key players missing.

Full back Devon Jacobs is likely to be sidelined for a month with a knee injury, midfielder Neil Janczyk (leg) is also out for ‘another two or three weeks’ whilst central defender Dougie Brydon is expected to be out for an indeterminable period after failing to recover from the groin injury which meant he missed the tail end of last season.

“It is a blow,” admitted Little, but he said the arrival of three new signings this week should help bolster the squad, meaning they go into the season in a positive frame of mind.

Jacobs was injured in the first pre-season friendly against Ashington, whilst Janczyk hobbled off in the 2-1 home defeat against Oxford United.

Brydon, who had an injection into his groin to try and ease the pain, had hoped the summer break would see an end to his problems, but the Duns-based stopper, who had an impressive debut season in 2012-13, reported that he still felt ‘the odd twinge’ when he reported back for pre-season, and not wanting to take any chances with his long-term fitness he continues to be rested.

Another injury worry was midfielder Ross Gray, but he returned to action as a second half substitute in the 2-2 home draw with Forfar on Saturday and could feature in this weekend’s fixture against his former club.