Pursey Misses The Paint

DARREN Purse will miss Argyle’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at home to Aldershot on Tuesday and keep up and unwanted, but reluctantly accepted, run.

Central defender Pursey picked up a fifth yellow card of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Home Park and will have to serve a suspension

“I'm a little bit disappointed to have five bookings at this stage of the season, but it comes with the territory,” he said.

“My goal at the start of every season is to be ever-present for every league game, and I've never done it - not through injuries, but through suspensions.

“It's followed me throughout my career. You just have to get on with it.

“We had a few bookings [against Wimbledon] and I think that was because of the way the game was going for us in the first half - we were a yard too short.”

The one-match rest may help Darren, who is playing on despite not being 100%.

“I had an operation on my toe in the summer that's not right,” he said. “I need an injection, but, because we've had so many games, I can't get the injection done.

“I think it comes with age. I'm 35 and like to be in the thick of the action, so I am going to get knocks, but I hate missing matches.

“Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, I try and be fit for every game and be available for selection.

“Sometimes, if you're not up to the high standards you set yourself, is that because you're carrying injuries, or other things?

“Hopefully, I can get the injection done in the next couple of weeks and be back without missing any games.”