Loan Watch and Injury Report

Firstly. Keogh played all game when Cardiff went victorious against their opponents Leeds United.

It was Bellamy and Chopra who scored the two goals for the Welsh in the 2-1 win, but Andy Keogh went very close to get one of his own in the dying minutes of the game.

Only a fantastic save by Schmeichel on his curled effort stopped him from scoring.

A couple of our out on-loan youngsters has signed season long contracts.

Scott Malone – wing-player at Burton Albions – will stay there until end of season. He has done very well there and my only objection would be that League Two really is at least one league too low for him. The Burton boss Paul Peschisolido says to their Official Site:

“Scott’s done really well since he’s come here. He offers us more of an attacking option for the full back position with his pace and athleticism. He’s still a young lad but he’s got a really bright future.”

“He had a spell out on loan at Southend last year but other than that he has just been playing reserve and academy football so far. It’s a big step up but he’s performed well. I think there will be a certain amount of inconsistency but we need to be patient and I’m really happy we will have him now until the end of the season.”

I’m wondering if their manager is underestimating Malone and if it’s on purpose. As he said he played in Southend – a League One Team – last season. Maybe he is playing some tricks to get him to stay at the club?! After all he has played in every game this season for Burton and the fans are very delighted and say that he is different class.

But even the fans agree that he was very poor in his last game and deserved to be taken off at tea-time. So he has probably things to learn at that level.

Ashley Hemmings – striker at Torquay – will also stay the season. After a start on the bench he has also settled very well with the Gulls and his manager Paul Buckle is pleased with his performance so far:

“He has shown that little bit of quality. He has been a real asset.

He can play out wide or up front and he has that pace and power and he can only get better for us.”

Sam Vokes – on the other hand – has another story. He only played thirteen minutes on the opening day match of the season for Bristol City before injury hit him.

A hamstring injury that wouldn’t go away and he is now home at Wolverhampton again and in rehab. Manager Keith Millen on Vokes:

“Sam will overcome his hamstring problem soon. I’ll keep an eye on his progress back at Wolves. He’s had such rough luck during his time here and I wish him well with his recovery.”

I couldn’t agree more. I really hope Sam Vokes will have the opportunity to play and gain experience in the second part of the season. In Wolves or out on-loan when he is fully recovered.

But here at home we have had much nicer injury reports recently. Kevin Doyle is reported to be injury free and ready to play already tonight against Chelsea. I doubt he will play from start, but I’ve been wrong before about such things.

(probable lineups for the teams tonight here)

Maybe a start beside Ebanks-Blake is just what the doctor ordered for match-rehab?! But on the other hand I believe it to be much more probable that he will be a sub coming in the last minutes and play for a longer time against Donny in the weekend.

Karl Henry is also in full training and will probably play against Doncaster in the Cup. It will be interesting to watch if he is able to take his old position in the engine room back right away.

A third player – maybe the one most waited for – to return soon (knock on wood) is central defender Jody Craddock. He has been out much longer than expected but is now in full training.

I believe it is necessary for our results and to pile up some clean sheets that the old man is back in the frame. He is a leader at the back and he also scored some goals last season.

It seems that we have to wait a little longer for Mancienne and Mouyokolo and then some time for Guédioura and Kightly. But good things comes to those who waits. 😆


~ by paddytheflea on January 5, 2011.

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