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25 August 2022

Club News


25 August 2022

BURTON Albion could be without Conor Shaughnessy for up to six months after the defender’s ankle injury proved more severe than originally thought.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has revealed that the full extent of ligament damage now means a long recovery for one of his key players which may have an impact on recruitment as we enter the last week of the transfer window.

The manager said: “It’s not good for Conor. We know it is worse than Louis Moult’s injury last year. We are still assessing to see if he needs an operation or not. Without an operation it will be around four to five months, but it could be six. We are looking at January unfortunately.

“I think now we could do with another centre half. If we can’t find the midfielder I want, Cameron (Borthwick Jackson) may have to play more in that area so we may need another defender.”

Better news for the Brewers is that Calum Butcher has trained this week and should be ready for selection after recovering from his injury as the Brewers travel to Cambridge United on Saturday (3pm kick off).

Hasselbaink admitted after the Port Vale game that the defeat hurt but he is committed to turning Albion’s fortunes around.

He said: “It was a little bit emotional. I was showing my emotions, the fans were showing their emotions and the last thing I want is to make them unhappy. That’s why I said what I said but I still feel we can improve.

“We are at the beginning of the season and there’s still work to be done in recruitment. We also need to improve the players we have got and make them better; get a longer good performance out of them. Our challenge is not 34 minutes being good but 96 minutes.

“When we have success it’s everyone together and when we are in a bit of a slump, we all need to work together to get out of it.

"We are under par at the moment, and we know we can do so much better - and we need to get back to those standards.”

Cambridge have had a mixed start to the season winning two, losing two and drawing one. They exited the Carabao Cup this week after losing to Southampton.

Hasselbaink said: “They are well drilled. One of the best organised teams in the league and they are very hard to break down.

“If you break them down from a too open setting they will counter attack you and punish you.

“We need to find the right ways to hurt them without exposing ourselves when attacking.

“But we are going there to win the match and to play well.”

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