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Hurst: Two Unnamed Doubts for Birmingham Trip
Thursday, 27th Sep 2018 17:00

Town boss Paul Hurst says two unnamed players are injury doubts ahead of Saturday’s trip to Birmingham City, while Andre Dozzell has made progress regarding his fitness but Emyr Huws suffered what’s hopefully a minor setback in training today.

“We’ve had a couple of knocks in training that could rule players out, so that might have to be a late call,” Hurst said.

“We are travelling tomorrow which is not ideal in terms of knowing exactly what we’re doing but we’ll see how they are.”

Willing to say who they are? “I can give you a really short answer there - no! No, sorry, things might change over the next 24 hours, we’ll see.

Regarding Andre Dozzell, still to make a competitive first-team appearance following last season's ruptured cruciate knee ligament, Hurst says he’s closer to involvement with the first team having impressed his manager in the 4-1 U23s victory over Coventry on Monday.

“He did well the other night, he had a little spell along with the team where they just drifted out of it and the pleasing bit was that then he finished stronger,” Hurst added.

“He’s moving in the right direction. His fitness side, he’s not a million miles away, which is pleasing.

“If we can get him involved, I’ve said from the start what I think of him as a player, so hopefully he might not be too far away.”

Wales international Huws had looked to have pushed on until today, Hurst said: “Emyr, I felt like we were having a really good week with him, his mindset has been very positive and then he’s come off training there and he’s saying he’s got a bit of swelling in the back of his knee and he’s not feeling too good about himself again.

“He got through training but I can’t say he’s on top of the world because he’s frustrated because there’s some swelling behind his knee.

“We’re doing better, we are doing better but it’s just getting to that point where he’s had two or three weeks’ training with nothing.

“And the U23s, we decided not to play him and just try and get some more training in him and it looked like it was going well until today, but we’ll see how he is this afternoon and in the morning.”

Aside from Jon Walters, who has returned to Burnley for treatment on the achilles injury whcih has curtailed his loan spell, Teddy Bishop is around a week away from a return to training following his hamstring problem, while Tom Adeyemi is back out running but some way off getting back in match action.

“While it might seem a strange thing to say in some respect, it’s good that people are fit and available,” Hurst said regarding the injury situation overall.

“When you’re flying I expect that, but when you’re at the other end of the league it’s very easy to go, ‘I’ll just give it a little bit longer or I’ll take a step back or I just felt that little niggle, I don’t quite fancy it this weekend because things aren’t going too well'.

“Again that’s a credit to the players individually and hopefully in terms of what we’re trying to create, that mentality to push on.

“You always have adversity, it’s how you deal with that and respond to that. And that’s what we’re looking for, people to step up and want to make a difference out on that pitch.”

With Walters injured, Hurst no longer has to pick a loanee to drop out of the matchday squad with Janoi Donacien coming back into the picture for Saturday having been the player to miss out.

“Yes, he does,” the Blues boss added. “And he was the one that was unlucky last week.

"In fairness I thought he did well, particularly his one v one defending against a difficult opponent in that second half against Brentford and showed what he can do. That’s one thing that has been taken away but I’d rather still have that problem.”

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mathiemagic added 17:08 - Sep 27
Dozzell really has to be on the bench at least you would suspect. Playing out of his skin for the U23 Side. Really not sure where our goals are going to come from against Birmingham (or anyone for that matter) Harrison does not really look up to it at this level, Jackson does but needs to kick on from his first goal. What ever happened to Sears i wonder ?

backwiththeboysagain added 17:08 - Sep 27
Huws & Adeyemi, two of the biggest wastes of wages ever spent by the club. As for Andre, what does he need to do to play for the first XI.

arc added 17:15 - Sep 27
How many matches total would you say Huws, Adeyemi, and Bishop will play for Town from this point? Would you bet on more than ten for the three combined? It's extraordinary. And the loss of the three of them has absolutely blighted the last year for us. So sad, and so frustrating.

blueboy1981 added 17:16 - Sep 27
........ on a run like this it will test a few shrinking violets. This is when it becomes very much a man's game.

blueboy1981 added 17:20 - Sep 27
..... genuinely, or not, far too many players find it easier to be a Footballer in the Treatment Room than on the Pitch - we've had a few, and still have a few - no names need to be mentioned.

But they all still drive their nice smart cars, and keep taking their payslip .... !!

blueboy1981 added 17:20 - Sep 27
..... genuinely, or not, far too many players find it easier to be a Footballer in the Treatment Room than on the Pitch - we've had a few, and still have a few - no names need to be mentioned.

But they all still drive their nice smart cars, and keep taking their payslip .... !!

SheptonMalletBlue added 17:21 - Sep 27
Get it right Saturday Hursty or we're in sh*t street!!!!

mathiemagic added 17:24 - Sep 27
@bluboy1981 I agree we have too many sick notes but i am sure non of them stay injured deliberately. Maybe the training team and the medical team need a make over as I am sure we are not that unlucky to keep getting players that cant keep fit.

prebbs007 added 17:30 - Sep 27
Hopefully Chambers & Knudsen

rugbytomc added 17:37 - Sep 27
Town have needed a right back for YEARS. Whilst we've had the very talented Cresswell and then Mings on the left, we've had Chambers, Spence, Emmanuel, Pennington and i'm sure i'm missing some off but none have been good enough or even close to our left backs. So Hurst signed Donacien for £750k - no small outlay. More than double what Knudsen cost. What does he do with him? Leaves him out for other loan signings that WON'T be permanent and then starts him at left wing back before moving him to his position of right back then dropping him. Baffling decisions.
I was SO enthusiastic about Hurst coming in and have nothing against his signings (whilst none have shone, none have looked worse than what we already have) but he just seems to be massively confused about what he wants to do. Huws, Bishop and Dozzell were injured when he was appointed so doesn't have that excuse that Mick does that he couldn't help it when he lost them. He brought in 5 loanees (plus Donacien) in the summer plus a few permanents (including Nolan) and not one of them can play the role of one of those three. I'm seriously pessimistic

blueboy1981 added 17:38 - Sep 27
mathiemagic ....... if a player (whoever he is) spends most of his time in the Treatment Room, as some of ours do, there has to be a point when the player himself, as well as his employers, ask the question as to if he is physically strong/fit enough for this to be his suitable career.

Maybe an Office job would be more suitable for some - pushing a pen or using a keyboard ..... !!!

Some just haven't got the heart, or the strength for the former, and never will have.

jas0999 added 17:40 - Sep 27
Must win game. No if, buts or maybes we need a win.

NormEmerges added 17:54 - Sep 27
I'd qualify jas0999's comment and say, really important to (a) avoid defeat, and (b) score some goals and look a goal threat. Please let's see signs we have a gelling team and look more like a Championship side.

Suffolkboy added 17:55 - Sep 27
I seem to recall PH came to us with a bit of a boast about his attitude to and knowledge of fitness , physical conditioning and reconditioning etc . , but I fear his promises were ill founded ,probably . like his experience , on challenges at a far lower level .
It's a great shame we are continuing without Dozell , Huws, Bishop and Adeyemi( who really did look extremely promising in many respects ) ,BUT we are ,so must push on with decisive decisions and a rather better sense of certainty about lots of things -- systems, formations , best selections ( for the right positions ) better cohesion and , please , better decision making and implementation throughout a still apparently ill co- ordinated ELEVEN .
I'm truly sure we all want ITFC to spring to life , actually SCORE goals and progress ,BUT all these are solutions for PH and CD to provide ; and from quite a distance it's very disturbing to read of unrest at various levels -- PH has hinted he's aware of such and its down to him alone to make sure these rumours are dispelled and performances improve dramatically soon !
Come on you Blues !

rfretwell added 18:36 - Sep 27
Bring back Ben Morris from his loan. He looked very sharp when he came in v Blackburn, ran at their defence, got a very good shot in that tested the goalie. Then gets,shunted aside and eventually sent on loan. If we had Murphy, Putman, McG, Waggers or Garns I could understand it but we dont , we are well short of that sort of quality which is probably why we will end up getting relegated.

AlfBuksh added 18:47 - Sep 27
I don't care who's injured....there's always someone injured! COYB let's get this win!!!!!

aas1010 added 18:50 - Sep 27
Hurst and Evans ??? Any luck be gone by Saturday 3pm

itfchorry added 18:59 - Sep 27
Team for Saturday


Donicean Kenlock

Chambo Pennington

Edwards Skuse Dozzell Downs

Sears (9) Harrison (10)


carsey added 19:04 - Sep 27
There is absolutely no indication that Mr Hurst has any idea who his best 11 are or how he expects his team to play.
Some of the best young players in the club have been sidelined or sent out on loan in favour of League 1 buys and loans from other clubs.
Anyone watching the U23s can see sort of football we all want the first team playing but they are not even close to that.
On the injury front we always seem to have a massive number of injuries and this has been the case since McCarthy arrived. Quite what managers from Yorkshire do to the players in training I don't know but they need to change their ideas.
Quality teams pass and move. This is true all over the world so perhaps they need to concentrate on this rather than beasting the players as I am led to believe is the case by CD.
Saturday is a Must Win otherwise I fear my pre season optimism is going to be proved misplaced.

scottrock added 19:18 - Sep 27
Arc, how many games have Huws Bishop and Adyemi played in total for us let alone will play this season?! 🤣

rugbytomc added 19:28 - Sep 27
Itfchorry-I was thinking sears and Harrison might work. Are you having downed left wing there though? Also until he says otherwise Dozzell isn’t fit for the first team. I don’t understand it but it’s been a consistent message-his knee needs more work. I’d rather he get it sorted than come back for one game and no doubt everyone would moan. We should have got cover in this summer

afcfee added 19:30 - Sep 27
Please be Hurst and Doig!

TimmyH added 19:49 - Sep 27
ooohh it's guess the possible injured players time again, personally don't think it matters as nobody has been that good so far this season that they won't be missed.

Skip73 added 20:22 - Sep 27
Another setback for Huws, now theres a surprise. Terminate his contract. If I'd had 18 months off work sick I would be sacked so why can't footballers?

itfchorry added 20:23 - Sep 27
Rugby -

Guarantee that Andre is fit -

Sadly doesn't crunch Mr Hurst's fitness stats.

Andre is not a high pressing type of player
and therefore doesn't fit in to PH plans.

Wrong decision in my view and many others
and could end up costing him his job.


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