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Brown: Prosser has been missed

16 February 2014

Phil Brown hopes to have Luke Prosser back available as soon as possible

Phil Brown is hopes to get defender Luke Prosser back fit and available as soon as possible.

Prosser picked up an injury against Dagenham & Redbridge two weeks ago and had an operation on his fractured cheekbone last week.

But while away in Portugal, the defender took a kick to the calf that ruled him out of Saturday’s game against Exeter City.

And Brown says it is no coincidence Blues have conceded five goals in their last two games without him in the side.

He said: “Prosser has been missed for sure and it’s no coincidence in two games he has missed we’ve conceded five goals.

“That’s no disrespect to the players playing there at the moment, but Prosser was a key factor in our good form up until the point he got injured.

‘He’s come on a lot this season and it is important we get him back out there as soon as we possibly can.

“We’re not sure if he’ll be fit for Tuesday, he didn’t really have a chance of making Saturday at all so we’ll have to wait and see.

“His communication skills have improved, he heads the ball in both boxes and his reading of the game and his passing have been very good.

“He’s no use to us on the sidelines, nor is any player for that matter. We want him back as quickly as possible.”

Anthony Straker was named on the substitutes bench on Saturday due to his partner giving birth to their first child on Friday night.

Brown says Straker’s pace may have been missed against Exeter, but felt Lee Barnard did a good job.

He added: “There are certain attributes that Anthony Straker has that missed certainly missed, but he’s had thing going on off the pitch this week.

“He’ll be in my thoughts for Tuesday but I thought Lee Barnard had an effect on the game and did well.

“I think we lost our way a bit when Barry Corr got injured and had to come off, so hopefully he will be okay for Tuesday.”

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