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19
JAN

MIKE WHITEHEAD could miss Eshers big relegation crunch against his old side Rotherham Titans next week.

The versatile three-quarter will have an X-ray after damaging a hand in Tuesdays crushing 43-12 home defeat by Nottingham.

Director of Rugby Mike Schmid fears the full-back has suffered a fracture, which would rule him out of Eshers final four Championship matches of the regular season.

It was another huge blow for Esher on top of a seven-try mauling by Nottingham that leaves Esher heading towards the relegation play-offs between the bottom four sides.

Schmid said: Mikey will be very disappointed if he has to miss the Rotherham game. Hell go for an X-ray but if it is fractured, he could be out for six weeks which would be a huge blow.

Schmid was dejected following the second-half display against Nottingham after holding the Midlanders to 12-12 at half-time thanks to four Sam Ulph penalties.But

some sloppy defence allowed Tom Youngs to complete his hat-trick straight after the restart and Schmid admits that sapped Eshers confidence.

He said: It was very disappointing. We again gave away needless penalties in the middle of the park which helped them gain field position and then you are under pressure.

We were doing okay until half-time only to miss two tackles straight after the restart. That deflated us and we lost confidence. You cant give away soft opportunities at this level because teams will punish you.

The spirit was good for 60 minutes until we started making too many mistakes. Were all very disappointed but weve got to keep battling hard and try and pick up some more wins before the play-offs.

Esher remain in 10th spot but eight points adrift of eighth place with four games remaining against Rotherham, Cornish Pirates, Doncaster and Moseley.

Esher have now lost 13 of their last 15 league and cup games with a tough trip to Munster in the British and Irish Cup looming on Friday.

Esher have lost all three of their B&I Cup games so far and Schmid will rotate his part-time squad with Championship survival his priority.

But Esher will be boosted by the return of Canada centre Phil Mackenzie and lock James Inglis for the trip to Ireland.

Schmid added: Itll be a mixed team but I want the guys to go out there and play with pace and tempo and enjoy it.

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