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Hurst rules Brown out of Northampton clash and welcomes Lawlor to the club

27 January 2020

Manager Paul Hurst has ruled Junior Brown out of Tuesday night’s trip to take on Northampton Town, but is hopeful of having the on-loan Coventry left-back available again in a couple of weeks.

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27 January 2020

Brown suffered the injury during Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Crewe Alexandra.

Hurst told iFollow Iron: “It’s his medial ligament from a tackle during the game against Crewe. He stayed down for a little while after it and we feared the worst.

“Coming in on Monday, it settled down better than we thought might be the case so we’re hoping it won’t be too long.

“Initially, it could have been a couple of months but I’m hopeful it might just be a couple of weeks.

“It’s good news in one sense but causes us an issue in the meantime. We’ll have to see how we go about setting up.”

The boss continued: “There are no more injuries. Jordan Hallam (hamstring) is making progress, while Yann Songo’o (knee) has trained again. He will probably play for the Under-23s against Hull next week after getting more training in.

“Rory McArdle (hamstring) is making good progress and I don’t think he’ll be too far away at all, although Tuesday night will be too soon.

“Lee Novak is out suspended but in terms of the ankle knock he sustained at Portsmouth it’s looking promising that we may have him for the weekend (at Crawley Town).”

Hurst provided his reaction to the addition of Doncaster goalkeeper Ian Lawlor on loan for the rest of the season.

He explained: “It’s an area where we’ve been looking, and there’s no secret about that. In terms of competition and having two senior goalkeepers it’s clearly an area where we’ve been a little bit light.

“We have two senior goalkeepers now and Ian is at a decent age and also experienced. He’s coming from not too far away, so there’s no big upheaval there for him personally. He’s a goalkeeper I’ve been aware of for some time, and I’ve kept my eye on him. He’s found himself out of the team and wants to play. He will come here and add competition to that area.”

The boss spoke about the threat Northampton, who sit sixth in the division, will pose on Tuesday evening.

He said: “Northampton’s home record has been excellent. I watched their game against Derby on Friday night, and they played extremely well. They probably felt they could have won that game on a few other days if it had played out the same, and have been picking up some excellent results at home.

“I’ve looked at their games against Morecambe and Crewe, and they scored a lot of goals. Within those games there are things you look at that you hope you can cause problems with, but there’s no doubt they’re a big threat and a confident team at this moment in time.

"I’m sure they’ll be thinking back to their game against us at the Sands Venue Stadium where we won comfortably really (the Iron were 3-0 victors on the day), and it’s going to be a tough, physical encounter.

“They’re in the hunt for promotion and have clearly got threats that we’ll have to deal with. However, I certainly feel we can cause some problems of our own.”

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