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Brown: Luke's return will be big boost

5 February 2014

Blues' boss Phil Brown on Luke Prosser's injury and the mask he'll have to wear when he returns to action

Phil Brown says Luke Prosser may take a bit of adjusting to the mask he will have to wear for the next few weeks.

Prosser picked up a knock to his face in the game against Dagenham & Redbridge and will now need to wear a protective mask.

The defender wore it for the first time against West Ham United in a friendly.

Brown said: “It’s something Luke is going to have to get used to wearing for the time being.

“He said it was slightly awkward heading the ball against West Ham, so we’ve got to try and make it as comfortable as possible.

“He has put his head in where it hurts a few times this season and he’ll need to carry on doing that.

“The 45 minutes was good for him after missing the game on Friday, and he should be available for Saturday’s game.

“A number of players have had to wear them over the years and it is all about getting used to it out on the pitch.”

The mask will be joined by the headband again for Prosser, according to Blues’ boss, when he does make his return.

Brown has also been delighted with the progress made by the defender since the start of the season.

He added: “Luke will be wearing the headband with the mask when he’s back playing for us, and we hope that is Saturday.

“I think he has gone from being a boy to a man at the back for us this season and the headband is a constant reminder of what he needs to be doing.

“At this stage we don’t know how long he will wear the mask for.

“But I’m sure he’ll continue to go about his business in his usual way and he has been fantastic for us recently.”

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