Daggers look to loan market after Bingham’s knee injury

Dagenham & Redbridge's Billy Bingham. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Dagenham & Redbridge's Billy Bingham. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO - Credit: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Daggers will have to do without the services of Billy Bingham for a lengthy period after the midfielder came off with a medial knee ligament injury in the 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The midfielder collided with team-mate Brian Saah in the first half at Kingsmeadow and twisted his right knee in the process and was set for an MRI scan today to determine the extent of the injury.

And manager Wayne Burnett will look into the loan market to cover the 23-year-old’s absence.

Bingham picked up the same injury, but on his left knee in the 2010-11 season at the Daggers and Burnett is bitterly disappointed to be losing one of the more consistent performers so far this season.

“I think Billy Bingham is going to be out for about six weeks,” said Burnett. “He has got to have a scan but we believe it’s his medial ligaments but we’ll assess it and get an idea of where we’re at.

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“It’s disappointing because he’s been playing well. But he’s definitely going to be out for the foreseeable future.”

One player who will return to the starting XI this weekend when Daggers host Wycombe Wanderers is skipper Abu Ogogo, who missed Tuesday’s game after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 loss at Plymouth.

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But the Daggers boss had already been looking at the possibility of bringing someone in on loan before tomorrow’s deadline.

But Bingham’s injury is likely to force Burnett’s hand, with Reading midfielder Lawson D’Ath linked as a short-term option.

“We might have to look into the loan market and getting someone in,” he added. “We’ve looked at it and we have got one or two players that we have identified.

“Abu will come straight back in but we might have to bring one or two in just for a little bit of cover again but from a financial aspect we will have to call in some favours and get some players in for nothing.”

Matt Saunders would normally be an option for Burnett to call upon in midfield, but the former Fulham youngster has also spent two spells on the sidelines already this season.

And the Daggers boss feels the player hasn’t had sufficient development team game time to be called upon at this stage.

“Matt needs to play games and we haven’t had enough games for him to participate in and that’s the problem,” he added.

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