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BROWN CLOSE TO COMEBACK
11/October/2006 13:19:40

BROWN CLOSE TO COMEBACK
Evening Post, 10 October 2006
Simon Brown could be back in a Mansfield shirt before the end of the month.

The livewire striker has not played for the Stags since limping off with knee trouble in the 4-1 home win over Hereford United at the beginning of September.

But Stags boss Peter Shirtliff has revealed that the 23-year-old is making good progress after corrective surgery.

"Simon had the fluid drained off his knee and at the same time we have killed two birds with one stone and also got a hernia problem cleared up," he said.

"It is not the same one as last season, but often when one is affected the other can flare up too.

"But things appear to have gone well and he has now had his stitches out and already started his rehabilitation.

"I would expect to see him back playing football and in with a shout in the next couple to three weeks. He is not far off."

Fellow forward Michael Boulding is seeking a second opinion from a specialist to establish if he needs an operation on his injured knee.

He is set to miss Saturday's trip to Boston along with Matt Hamshaw, who is definitely out through suspension.

It will be the first game that the former Stockport player has not figured this season and leaves the right midfield position vacant.

Shirtliff said: "With Matt out, we have one or two ideas that we are going to work on in training this week and I will decide what to do after that.

"But the bottom line in general is that we have to start producing away from home and turning performances into points. The time for excuses has finished."


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