Goal ace Liam Hearn is back in training after recovering from a serious knee injury in August – but Mansfield Town are not putting any date on a first team return for him.
After already coming back from a cruciate knee ligament injury the year before, the cartilage in Hearn’s other knee tore in a Capital One Cup tie at Sheffield United after he had looked superb in pre-season.
Hearn had also had to come back from a ruptured Achille’s tendon two years previous, so the 29-year-old must be hoping for better luck.
Quietly the club must hope he can make an appearance before the campaign ends and it is his expert finishing they have been lacking.
“Touch wood, I am not putting any pressure on him, but he is flying,” said boss Adam Murray.
“The bloke may be a human being, but he is some kind of creature I’ve never seen before. He is super-human.
“He is non-stop. He is almost getting in before me in the mornings and then leaves late, giving everything he’s got to get fit. We are happy with the progress he is making.
“This game can be cruel and sometimes you don’t get what you deserve. We’ve seen that with some of our performances, but for the individual, he needs a slice of luck now in his career and his life. Whatever we can do to help him out, we will.”