Wrexham dealt huge blow in promotion push days after rival boss concedes title

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    Wrexham have suffered a major blow in their promotion push after Notts County boss Luke Williams had conceded the title to them.

    The National League leaders, who are owned by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, have lost first-choice goalkeeper Rob Lainton to injury for the rest of the season. He'll be replaced by veteran shot stopper Mark Howard, 36.

    Lainton was forced off at half-time of their 2-1 away win at Bromley on Saturday (March 18) after damaging knee ligaments. Manager Phil Parkinson has confirmed: "Rob just jarred his knee with the last kick of the first half.

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    "He is going to be out for six to eight weeks so realistically, he is out for the season."

    Wrexham drew three points clear of County at the weekend as their title rivals dropped points on their travels at Barnet, and they also have a game in hand.

    "The title race is not realistic any more for us. Even if we win there, we still can’t close the gap enough for it to be realistic," Williams said after their 1-1 draw.

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    "We just have to focus on making sure that we perform so brilliantly that we protect our mentality and that we don’t feel sorry for ourselves."

    But he may now be re-thinking his stance with Lainton likely missing Wrexham's remaining eight fixtures. Howard has made 37 appearances in all competitions this season having joined as a free agent from Carlisle United last summer.

    Many fans have been unconvinced by his performances, though, and have urged Parkinson to bring in another keeper on an emergency deal. Ex-Premier League star Ben Foster was approached by the Dragons last summer.


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