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NATHAN JONES ON MCGEEHAN'S SUCCESSFUL OPERATION

5 January 2017

McGeehan had an operation on his broken leg yesterday

Town boss Nathan Jones has revealed Cameron McGeehan’s operation on his broken leg was a success, but the gaffer was reluctant to put a timescale on when to expect the midfielder’s return.

McGeehan caught his foot in the turf at Fratton Park when the Hatters took on Portsmouth on Monday, twisting awkwardly and seriously injuring his left leg.

(Pictured below: Cameron with club physio Simon Parsell before the former had his leg operated on)



The 21-year-old had an operation yesterday to help him on his way to recovery, with the outcome of the surgery positive, according to his manager.

Nathan Jones said: “He had his op yesterday and it all went well. It’s disappointing for him obviously, but we wish him a speedy recovery.

“He’s a very conscientious lad, a super fit athlete. He does absolutely everything by the book, so he will come back fitter and stronger.”

When asked about the extent of the injury and how long the 21-year-old will be on the side-lines, the manager has no intention of bringing his top scoring midfielder back into the fold sooner than necessary.

“It’ll be a lengthy one and unless something really positive happens in his rehabilitation, it’ll be most of this season,” Jones continued. “Obviously, there is a timescale on it that rather than bring him back for the last two or three games of the season, you’d want him to make him to make a full recovery by giving him a full pre-season.

“It’s a bit complicated in terms of saying what timescale, but it’s one where we are going to miss him for the majority of this season at least.”

The player will obviously be a loss for Jones’ side, having netted 11 times this season, but the Town boss was more concerned about the impact on the player, rather than his team.



“It’s a massive loss for him first and foremost,” said Jones. “He was in very, very good form. He is a coveted player in terms of people wanting him.

“He was obviously always going to remain here anyway, but he’s in that part of his career where he is in good form, he is scoring again, his all-round game is improving.

“It’s massively disappointing for him. For the team, it’s disappointing because we lose the best attacking midfielder in the league, and obviously for the club, because he is a fantastic asset.

“He is irreplaceable in terms of what he does, because his goal record his phenomenal.”

The next thought for his side is who can fill the void left by McGeehan, but Jones is confident in his side and the options he has at his disposal, as well as there being the potential for additions to the side now the transfer window is open.

The Welshman said: “We have players like Jake Gray, who we brought in as an attacking midfielder. Jordan Cook is a ten who breaks and has that ability. Pelly will need to add that kind of stuff – he has that potential to be able to do that.

“So we have all those players that can do that and if we feel we need to add to the squad, then there is scope for that too.”
 

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