December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
Hornchurch have received good news in that striker Martin Tuohy doesn’t need an operation on his injured knee, and manager Jimmy McFarlane insists it will be difficult to leave him out when he returns to fitness.
The news, which Tuohy received on Monday night, is tinged with disappointment though for McFarlane, with the boss believing he could have been closer to a return if the striker had been allowed to do some rehabilitation work.
“It’s great to hear the news, but disappointing also,” said McFarlane.
“It’s been a long while since he picked up the injury in the pre-season came with Cambridge and to find out now he doesn’t need an operation means he could have been doing rehabilitation work.
“But he couldn’t risk it not knowing how serious the injury was and now he probably has around four of six weeks for it to heal.
“I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t playing in six weeks time, but it is a great boost for us to have someone of Martin’s pedigree on the way back.”
Urchins have a plethora of options up front with the likes of George Purcell having netted eight goals already, along with recent signing Stefan Payne, Ade Yusuff and Carl Rook for McFarlane to choose from.
But with the record Tuohy has in the Ryman Premier division, winning a golden boot at East Thurrock, it would be hard for him not to come straight back into the manager’s first-team plans at the earliest opportunity.
“I’m not overly concerned that we’ve got another month or so to wait for Martin to return,” added McFarlane.
“We have got plenty of options with the likes of George, Stefan, Ade and Rooky, who hasn’t featured a lot lately, so there is no point rushing him back.
“But we all know Martin is a prolific goalscorer at this level and because of that, it’d be foolish of me to not consider him straight away when he is fit. He would certainly be hard to leave out, that’s for sure.”
And with Tuohy now on his way back, McFarlane is a happy man with the shape of his squad.
“I wouldn’t have a problem or be unhappy if this squad stayed with me for the rest of the season,” he said. “You always have to look at other players who might become available and if they strengthen you it would be foolish of me to not try and do it.
“We’ve looked at players over pre-season and to date, and that’s seen us gain the likes of goalkeeper Inigo and Ade and we’ll continue to look at players throughout the season.”
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