JUNIOR Brown’s injury is as bad as Fleetwood Town first feared, but the early signs are that they can cope well without the injury-plagued left-back.
Manager Micky Mellon confirmed that the 22-year-old is expected to be out of action for around six weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Luton.
Yet keeper Scott Davies praised the Town defence for adapting so quickly and keeping the Hatters at bay until stoppage time.
Davies said: “We did really well to take the three points. The gaffer gave us a game plan and we stuck to it from the opening whistle.
“The lads in front of me defended brilliantly. It was a blow to lose Junior but they reorganised and remained solid. Macca (Steve McNulty) and Pondy (Nathan Pond) were immense in the middle of defence.
“Shaun Beeley just switched to left-back in place of Junior and I don’t think anybody would have noticed he is a right-back.”
The one disappointment for the Town No.1 was that Janos Kovacs’ late consolation goal denied him back-to-back clean sheets.
He added: “One of their players broke away at a corner and scored with a powerful header from close range.
“But it’s just great to be part of a team like this and winning games. We just need to continue how we are playing and take our run further.”
Mellon said of Brown’s latest setback, which follows a knee ligament problem (for the second season running) that delayed the start of his campaign and a recent groin strain: “It’s a big blow after he worked so hard.
“Junior’s career has been blighted by injuries but it shows his strength of character to keep on coming back.”