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Prosser: All the knocks are worth it

5 February 2014

Luke Prosser on his headband, mask, knocks throughout the season and Blues' defensive record.

Luke Prosser says Blues’ form and excellent defensive record makes up for the number of knocks he has taken in recent weeks.

Prosser has been in the wars so far this season, with a couple of concussions, stitches above the eye and a fractured cheekbone.

But with Blues currently holding the second best defensive record in League 2, the defender doesn’t mind how many knocks he takes – as long as the form stays the same.

He said: “Ben Clarkson, the physio, was going through the knocks I’ve had so far this season and it has been quite a few.

“Obviously I’ve had the headband on for a while now after the stitches above my eye, but I don’t mind still wearing that.

“The defensive form has been great this season and everyone is throwing their bodies on the line to keep it that way.

“I’m not sure how the most recent one happened, I think it was as I went up for a header, but I knew straight away it wasn’t right.

“I played through it and we managed to pick up a point and then got another one on Friday night against Newport.

“With Mansfield next, it’s a winnable game but a tough one, I’ve been there before and it’s not an easy place to go and win.

“But we will go there determined to get back to winning ways after two draws.”

If Prosser does play, he will wear a protective mask to protect the cheekbone, which he will have surgery on tomorrow (Thursday).

Blues’ number six says although it felt slightly uncomfortable when he wore it for the first time against West Ham, it shouldn’t cause him any problems.

And he’s hoping Thursday’s surgery goes well, so he can be involved at the One Call Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

He added: “The game itself against West Ham was a good one for a number of lads as they had quite a strong team out.

“For me personally it was nice to get 45 minutes and also test out the mask, which was fine.

“It was a little bit awkward when going to head the ball but it’s something I’ll get used to pretty quickly.

“The operation on Thursday shouldn’t be too bad, and hopefully I am fine to feature on Saturday.

“It’ll all depend how I react to the surgery on Thursday and Friday, but I’m desperate to be back involved.”

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