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28th October 2003 18:15

Stags Boss Keith Curle yesterday had surgery to remove 'floating bone' in his knee which had been the cause of his knee keep locking, keeping him from selecting himself this season.

Curle told mansfieldtown.net: “I went in for my operation yesterday evening where the doctors removed three lots of floating of bone and trimmed the bone down in my knee” he said “ I am still a little sore but should be fit to return to training in about two weeks or so and who knows I may even play again later in the season if I can get my place back”.

Other good news on the injury front is that Bobby Hassell returned to training today and is in contention for selection for Saturday's game against Boston United on Saturday. Also back in full training now, is the long term injured Adam Eaton.

Meanwhile Curle told mansfieldtown.net: “I believe that we would realistically be needing to score round about 80 goals to succeed in this division and I know that I have enough in the changing room to achieve this. If we can score from all areas of the pitch we would be looking at maybe 15 goals from the back line, 30 from the midfield and some 35 from the strikers. Colin Larkin, Iyseden Christie, Junior Mendes and Chris Beardsley are easily capable of 35 between them with Larks being one of the best one on one finishers at the club and Mendes whose work ethic and general work rate is fantastic then you have the mid field with Wayne Corden and Liam Lawrence already on the score sheet with Liam netting nine. Of course with all these goals come the scouts looking to take our better players away from us, it is no secret that Rotherham shown some interest in Liam earlier in he month and I wouldn't be surprised that now Liam is scoring again that scouts from all over will be back to look at him. I have tried to give Liam the best advice possible about his career telling him 'the grass isn't always greener on the other side' and he has expressed a wish to play at the highest level with Mansfield Town which is a positive as the club are progressing to bigger and better things. If an offer was made for any of our players – you can rest assured that we will not players like Liam leave this club cheaply”.

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