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The Stanislas & Pato Injury Blows!

The gloss has been taken off our 2-0 victory at the Riverside today following news that both Paterson and Stanislas could face a six week lay-off due to hamstring injuries.

Both players were substituted in the game today against Middlesbrough. Stanislas pulled up and startled to hobble before being replaced by Bartley in the 55th minute.

Five minutes before the end, Paterson too started to limp and was replaced by Austin in the 85th minute.

At least in the case of Paterson it was not a recurrence of the thigh injury that had previously blighted his opportunities at Burnley.

It is however still a blow and now leaves our squad depleted.

So much so that Eddie Howe is now considering even more to try and do a deal with Wolves gaffer, Mick McCarthy to extend Sam Vokes loan. Vokes returns to Molineux on Monday and it had been thought that due to limited appearances for Burnley that he could be sent out on loan elsewhere where he would be guaranteed more starts. He scored twice in five appearances for the Clarets at the start of his three month loan spell but then found opportunities few and far between often having to be content with a place on the bench.Vokes in effect became the fourth choice striker behind Rodriguez, Austin and Paterson.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 14 2012

Time: 9:44PM

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Drat and double drat! This is when a smallish squad creaks and at a time when we are just one point off the play-offs too! Our recent problems in defence with Trips suspended/Duff injured and now Pato/Junior out should indicate we really have to do some business in the January window be they permanent signings or loans.
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14/01/2012 21:49:00

Exactly right TMP. There is no doubt that when fully fit, we have one of the best teams in the Championship. But we have to now ask ourselves the question, Do we really have enough strength in depth ? This January transfer window could prove to be the turning point in our season, we have to make sure that we have a quality squad that can continue this fantastic run of form. Injuries are something that we cannot let ruin our season. Obviously we have more than enough cover for Pato, with Rodriguez, Austin, Hines and Ings to choose from, but Wallace and Treacy are now our only two recognised wide men. I think completing the permanent signing of Ben Mee should be a given, because he is an excellent player as has been a key aspect to our defensive transformation. But we must go further. We should bring in at least another midfielder and defender, then we will have the necessary strength in depth. I have no doubt that we can achieve promotion with this current squad, but two or three quality additions, I would be very very confident.
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14/01/2012 22:20:00

Sadly I think this adds weight to the argument some fans put forward re selling Pato, he is injury prone. It also means we can't rely on him to be fit and as such we will always require extra cover, perhaps Eddie planned for this when appearing to have too many strikers? Who knows, but if Ings needed a reason for working so hard to get fit again, he may just have found it. As for Junior that too could be a blessing as we may just play one winger and Wallace!
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14/01/2012 23:32:00

And surely Treacy's big break VR - he did well for a couple of games when he came back in but then lost is place again, by virtue of reduced number of substitutes. I couldn't make it today but it seems a shame that we havent been a bit more careful with Pato, after the length of time out it doesn't seem rocked science that he'd be rested for the last 15 / 20 when 2-0 up. That said Eddie can't really be faulted for what he's achieving with this team. I mean people are starting to eulogise about dean Marney. The main problem will be if we lose any more.
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15/01/2012 00:55:00

Howe's said very clearly that if we sign Mee there'll be not other permanent sayings. That could mean he's making sure he gets left alone by agents, and keeps prices down on players he is actually after. Or it could mean what it says on the tin. Eddie has thus far been a very straight shooter. But The arrival of Lee Hoos perhaps means that past performance is not an indicator of future behaviour.
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15/01/2012 08:09:00

I think Howe said he would look at loans though despite the statement he is not looking at permanent signings. I am not one to second guess what these messages mean but prefer instead to look at the bottom line. One point off the play-offs and there is not enough depth in the squad to optimise our chances of promotion. I am not interested in how it all might come together in the future, I am interested in the here-and-now and at the moment we have a GOOD chance of reaching the top flight with all the financial benefits that will bring so let's go for it. I do not want to see Edgar uncomfortable playing at right back, I do not want to see Amougou playing to make up the numbers when his heart is no longer there, I do not want to see an off-form Treacy being played because there is no other option and I do not want to see our attack weakened. Any more suspensions or injuries could now destroy our chances of a play-offs spot and that would be criminal. [Edited by turfmanphil]
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15/01/2012 09:50:00

I woud certainly hope too that Hoos will bring a change in attitude and that he will implement a more positive,go getting stance. We have been in our current situation so many times in the past and have lost out due to inertia and investment in more sticking plaster!
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15/01/2012 09:56:00

Both a big loss to a small squad and if Sam V doesn't get the go ahead to stay we will be in trouble,
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15/01/2012 10:32:00

Sorry slight correction, 3 points off the play-offs. Reading beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Rd to go above us. 10th at moment
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15/01/2012 11:36:00

Pato ....... Hate to say it... told ya so... get him fit then flip him on
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15/01/2012 12:30:00

I would be concerned if it was his thigh injury again but this just sounds like a hammy that all players are prone too, Unfortunate for him and he must be gutted and fed up being sidelined, but I wouldn't panic just yet over Pato
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15/01/2012 13:05:00

You just wonder what Zavon Hines must be thinking at the moment. Could this be his chance to shine with Pato out injured? Could be on bench at least if we fail to extend Vokes loan. Looks like it will be Jay Rod/ Austin though for our first choice up front. Treacy is the obvious replacement for Stanislas but is he up to the challenge?
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15/01/2012 14:09:00

Would be good to see Zavon get a chance, thought he looked good on the ball the fleeting times I have seen him.
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15/01/2012 22:11:00

What is the recent history, say over the last 5 years, of the January transfer window spending of teams promoted from the Championship? Anoyone know?
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16/01/2012 09:33:00

You would have to look at the seasonal spending on players in both windows I suspect and also take into account relative squad size anyway before and after spending. I would guess that more teams benefit for additional player cover than don't but you will always get examples of clubs that spend massively yet still seem to fail. At the moment the two classic extremes are Southampton and Leicester. I have a theory that a massive upheavel a la Foxes with loads of changes only adds to the problems with a team having to get to know each other etc, whilst a modest investment in a few more players in key areas (more than Burnley I hasten to add) could produce more dividends. On the flip side, there is always a club that don't seem to spend that much and yet still seem to get promotion, that though is a gamble! Norwich last season, Blackpool and yes even Burnley could be cited in that respect but does lightning strike twice in the same place? We shall see
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