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MARK ROBINS ON VAUGHAN SETBACK

4 April 2014

Striker set to miss rest of season with knee injury

Mark Robins revealed this morning that Huddersfield Town top scorer James Vaughan is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

A cyst was discovered on the striker's knee and he is set to undergo surgery to resolve the issue.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bolton, Robins spoke of his, and the striker’s, disappointment: “We have considered the options and we believe that the best course of action is for him to get it seen to as soon as possible. 

“He needs an intervention because it is restricting his movement,” he continued. “It can happen to anybody at any time and I have suffered the same injury. It is a blow to the Club and James' season because his recovery time will be four to six weeks, meaning he won’t play again this campaign.

“Doing the surgery now will mean that he is fit and ready for pre-season. He is obviously devastated, but he is also philosophical because he knows that once it is eliminated he will be fit. That is the bad news; the better news is that everybody else is ok.”

With just seven games of the 2013/14 Championship season remaining, Robins believes that it is the right time to give some of the Club’s youngsters a chance in the First Team.

“On the back of some good performances I will look to include one or two of the younger ones from the bench,” he said. “It is something I want to do and something that we have to do and I have to take the opportunities when I can. I am not saying that I will use them from the start, but it is important that we blood them and see if they can handle the pressure.

“The likes of Harry Bunn have had fleeting appearances and I want to try and give one or two an opportunity to taste what a match day is like. Our ethos is to make sense of the Academy, which is what you will always hear me say. If somebody is given an opportunity, it is because they deserve one.”

Town are aiming to do the double over a Bolton side who have improved after a disappointing start to the season.

“Bolton have got some real quality at their disposal and they have picked up of late with some good results. We know that whichever side Dougie Freedman picks they will provide us with a tough test. However, if we play the way we want, we will be a tough test for them.

“Unless you are fully focused and ‘at it’ in every game you play you will come up short in this league; that goes for any team. I imagine one or two are surprised by Bolton’s form this season, but with seven games left they are starting to pick up.

“We have been good in the last two games, especially at Reading last Saturday. We could have and should have won the game and that goes for the Middlesbrough match as well.  If we continue that trend we have the ability to achieve a positive result.”

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