No concerns over Curtis injury - Gateshead boss Bogie

James Curtis
Curtis has been with Gateshead for the last eight seasons

Gateshead boss Ian Bogie is hopeful defender James Curtis will be fit for Tuesday's trip to Newport County despite fears of a hamstring injury.

Curtis, 28, returned to the side in the FA Trophy semi-final defeat by Darlington but limped off in Saturday's draw with Crawley Town.

"It was precautionary, but we had to get him off the field straight away," Bogie told BBC Newcastle.

"It was tightness rather than any pull, so it shouldn't be a concern."

Bogie continued: "We've played a lot of competitive games in a short spell, and James has played in those.

"He made his comeback at Darlington, and then played at Grimsby [in midweek] so there was a little bit of tightness."

Meanwhile the blow of losing fellow defender James Tavernier - who was recalled by parent club Newcastle United - was softened by a bright display from Craig Baxter, who was among two changes made by Bogie for the visit of league leaders Crawley.

"That's a big plus for us," Bogie said.

"There are players who will go out of the side, whether it be to injury, suspension or having to go back to their respective clubs after a loan period, and it's up to the players who are part of the squad to come in, force my hand and show me they're good enough to stake a claim in the team.

"Today it was evident that Craig Baxter looked as if he had never been away, and James Marwood is always bright and causes problems and won us a fair few free-kicks.

"The two have been part of a very good team performance."

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