Darren Purse is battling through pain to aid Plymouth Argyle cause
ARGYLE captain and centre-back Darren Purse has admitted an operation he had on a toe injury at the start of the summer has not been a success.
The 35-year-old needs an injection so he can play pain-free but because of the Pilgrims' busy recent schedule he has not had it done yet.
Purse is suspended for Argyle's clash against Aldershot Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round at Home Park.
That is because he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-1 home defeat by AFC Wimbledon in League Two on Saturday.
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But Purse does not intend having an injection in his toe for the time being because the Pilgrims have a lot of more games coming up.
He told Herald Sport: "I have got a few things (injuries) at the moment. I had an operation in the summer on my toe, which is not right.
"I need an injection in that but because we have had so many games I can't get it done. I need to rest it for a few days afterwards.
"I'm hoping over the next couple of weeks I can have that done and have a few days off with that.
"I think it comes with age I am. I'm 35 and I try to be in the thick of the action, so you are always going to get knocks and that sort of thing, but I hate missing matches.
"Whether or not it's a good thing or a bad thing, I try to be fit for every single game and available for selection.
"Sometimes you are not up to the high standards you set yourself. Is that because you are carrying injuries, or because of other things? That's part of playing football.
"Hopefully, I can get the injection in my toe done over the next couple of weeks and try to be back without missing any games."
Purse's suspension has come at an inopportune time for Argyle, with defenders Maxime Blanchard (concussion) and Robbie Williams (stomach) also set to be ruled out.
He said: "I'm a little bit disappointed to have five bookings at this stage of the season but that comes with the territory.
"My goal at the start of each season is to play every single league game and I have never done it, not through injuries but suspensions.
"It has followed me throughout my career and you just have to get on with it."