Updated: Monday, 10th December 2018 @ 4:16pm

Manchester Phoenix coach Tony Hand: ‘We will regroup’ after serious injury for Ladislav Harabin in Guildford defeat

Manchester Phoenix coach Tony Hand: ‘We will regroup’ after serious injury for Ladislav Harabin in Guildford defeat

By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent

Manchester Phoenix suffered another injury setback this week after defender Ladislav Harabin was hurt in the 5-3 defeat at Guildford Flames.

Harabin was injured by a stray stick and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a serious facial injury.

Coach Hand said: “Losing Ladzi was a big blow. We will re-group and move on at the weekend”.

In the game, Phoenix had a shocking start and were 4-0 down after five minutes.  Top scorer Martin Cingel hit back on the quarter hour but the damage had already been done.

Following Harabin’s injury in the second period, the remaning five minutes play was added to the third so the Slovak defender could receive treatment and the ice could be cleared.

Further goals from Ben Wood and Ciaran Long gave Phoenix hope of an unlikely comeback but it was not to be.

Coach Hand said: “We paid for a slow start but I cannot fault the lads' efforts.”

Harabin joins fellow defender Jaroslav Spleda and forwards James Archer and Josh Ward on the injured list.

Phoenix Managing Director Neil Morris has called on the fans to keep supporting the team despite the recent setbacks.

He said: “No matter what happens this weekend I need all of you to get behind the team and raise the roof in appreciation of the team’s efforts and, together, we will get through this.”

Phoenix have a double header against Basingstoke Bison this weekend, with the home leg on Sunday with a face off time of 5.30 – tickets can be bought on the door or at www.manchesterphoenix.co.uk