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Joe Riley facing two weeks out for Shrewsbury Town

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Shrewsbury defender Joe Riley is expected to be out of action for two weeks with a hamstring injury.

The flying full-back picked up the strain during Town's 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Riley, who picked up a serious knee injury in his days at Bolton, has impressed in 27 outings for Salop this season.

And boss Paul Hurst admits he is juggling a number of injuries ahead of the weekend trip to MK Dons.

"Joe's the obvious one," the manager told shrewsburytown.com.

"Olly Lancashire's dropped out yesterday morning. Tyler's (Roberts) got a sore hamstring, so there's a few unknowns for the weekend.

"We will hopefully have a better idea by the end of training on Thursday, but Joe's certainly one that will be missing.

"With his history with injuries you just worry for him that it could be that knee, but it was his hamstring. I don't think it's too bad in terms of how hamstrings can be, but the minimum you are looking at is 10 to 14 days.

"I don't think it would be particularly wise to rush that and get him back any sooner."

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With Riley ruled out, Fulham loanee Jack Grimmer could to make his first start since December for the trip to Stadium mk. The former Aberdeen player returned to his parent club on Monday to play a reserve game against West Ham.

And Hurst believes the 23-year-old will have benefited from getting some minutes under his belt.

"Fulham made contact to see what my thoughts were." the boss added. "Because we haven't got the reserve league or anything like that I felt it was a good opportunity for him to go and get some minutes, which will hopefully help him be in better contention for ourselves at the weekend.

"Clearly we've got a decision to make at right-back and Jack certainly comes into my thinking there. There's an element that you always risk an injury, but you risk an injury by stepping out on the training ground every day.

"You have to weigh up the pros and cons and thankfully he's come through it with no injury and 90 minutes under his belt. That will stand him in good stead."

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