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Interview: Gaffer gives injury update ahead of York City trip

19 September 2014

Southend United manager Phil Brown has given an injury update ahead of Blues' trip to take on York City in League Two on Saturday.

Blues' who lost Ryan Leonard during the first half of Tuesday's win over Cheltenham Town, and although Brown confesses that the midfielder will be out for 'two to three weeks', admits there's better news with regard to Michael Timlin.

On Leonard, Brown says: “It's a grade one tear that will probably take between two to three weeks to improve. There's about four or five inches of tightness in Ryan's hamstring.

“The downside is that the lad has found himself out of the side last season, missed out on three weeks and came back fresh, finishing the season strongly.

“It's about the individual coming in and replacing him and Conor Clifford showed that on Tuesday, coming in, getting on the ball and scoring the goal. It's fantastic that the midfield area is strong.

And Brown is more optimistic on Timlin, who is not too far off from a return to action following an elbow injury.

“Michael Timlin has had his brace off – he's got a history of coming back early - but the physios don't let him on the training ground unless he is fully fit. 

“He's been joining in in some light training but when you're involved with Gary Deegan and Conor Clifford there is going to be contact.”

“We've got Will Atkinson and Jack Payne also in central midfield so there's a lot of quality in there.”

Striker Barry Corr picked up a neck injury at the end of the win over Portsmouth and he missed the trip to Cheltenham, with Shaq Coulthirst coming in at Whaddon Road, but Brown is optimistic that Corr will be back for Saturday's game.

“We're looking to see if we can get Barry out there”, the Blues boss says.
“Travelling on the train will be more benefit to Barry. He was going to go to Cheltenham but we felt an eight hour round trip would not be conducive to Barry so we decided to leave him at home for that one.”

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