Hartlepool United boss Mick Wadsworth has better news on injured skipper Sam Collins, but bad news on James Brown

There is good news on Sam Collins' injury.
There is good news on Sam Collins' injury.

MICK Wadsworth is “amazed” at the ill fortune of the injured-again James Brown – but there is better news on skipper Sam Collins.

The club’s medical staff have allowed the injury to settle over the past few days and they remain hopeful it is not too serious, although he is definitely out of Saturday’s trip to Scunthorpe United.

Brown had been quietly working away in the shadows at Maiden Castle and, having enjoyed seven consecutive 90-minute run-outs for the club’s reserves, had forced his way back into Wadsworth’s first-team thinking.

And that is why the manager is particularly upset following the 24-year-old’s latest setback.

“It’s just amazing isn’t it?” he sighed, “We get James to a point where we’re delighted with him and he’s ready to start a game and then he picks up this groin injury.

“He’d trained so well and worked so hard to get there.

“We’d taken our time, and that was the right thing to do, but he was looking as strong and sharp as I’d seen him in all of my time here.

“He’d been outstanding for the reserves at Middlesbrough last week and because of that I was going to start him against Stevenage on Saturday.

“It’s such a shame but we’re still hoping it’s just a slight problem and he’ll be back as soon as possible and not lose too much of the work he’s done.”

Meanwhile, Wadsworth had a more positive prognosis on the calf injury picked up by Collins last week.

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