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INJURY REPORT | Brown receives Coker boost

6 April 2017

Phil Brown provides updates on Coker and Ferdinand...

Phil Brown had positive news on Thursday afternoon at his pre-match Charlton press conference.

Brown was speaking at Little Havens Children’s Hospice ahead of a big challenge for 12 Shrimpers Trust Members, along with Commercial Director Danny Macklin, who are walking the 35.7 miles to The Valley to raise money for the Hospice.

And Brown was in good spirits having been given a boost on Ben Coker’s fitness. 

The left back was feared to be out for the remainder of the season but could now be back to play a some part in the run-in.

“We’ve had some great news this morning,” Brown said.

“Ben had a meeting with a specialist today and I was the first phone call he made and he was on the ceiling. He was flying because he thought his season was over.

“That was what we originally had planned. We thought his season was over.

“As it stands, fingers crossed – and notoriously Ben is a good healer when he has been injured, we’re hoping it’s only going to be a couple of weeks.

“If it is only a couple of weeks then he could still have a massive part to play in the campaign to go.”

Anton Ferdinand was also a topic of conversation, after he missed the midweek defeat to Bolton Wanderers.

But the hope is Ferdinand will be fit to play on Saturday afternoon.

“Anton trained today,” Brown added. “Fingers crossed he gets through tomorrow and he’ll be available to play on Saturday.

“He was a big miss on Tuesday night for the organisational side he gives to Tommo and the back four.”

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