Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Crisis-Hit Gretna Let More Talent Leave

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Crisis-Hit Gretna Let More Talent Leave

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

CRISIS club Gretna have reluctantly released their best player because they cannot afford to pay for his rehabilitation - on the day captain Chris Innes became their first player to take redundancy.

Caretaker manager Mick Wadsworth has admitted the chance of injured Fabian Yantorno playing for the Black-and-Whites again are "next to zero". And Aurelien Collin and Mickael Buscher are expected to ask Fifa to allow them to follow the Uruguayan playmaker and Innes out of the club today. Gretna are bottom of the Scottish Premier League and, having gone into administration, admit they cannot afford to keep Yantorno on their wage bill.

"Fabian needs specialist rehabilitation which we can't provide," Wadsworth admitted. "It was his and his agent's wish that he could be released so he could go elsewhere for treatment." Yantorno injured his knee ligaments during the January 19 victory against Falkirk. He collided with on-loan Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul in an incident which ended the season for both players. …

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