Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brown Bombshell

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brown Bombshell

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Byline: Adam Steel

Hartlepool United have been rocked by the shock news that teenage striker James Brown has been ruled out for six months.

The 18-year-old hitman has impressed in pre-season and looked to be a serious contender for a role up front.

But scans on a twisted keen suffered in the 1-0 friendly defeat away at Hibernian last week has revealed extensive damage.

He came on as a second half sub but was stretched off after only 15 minutes following what appeared an innocuous challenge.

Now he faces reconstructive surgery next week and will be sidelined until next March.

The highly rated youngster starred in Pools' Durham Challenge Cup victory last year and has stepped up to the senior squad in style. He caught the eye as he scored at TOP Oss in Holland and again at York.

"It's obviously a big blow because he has done well in pre-season," said boss Martin Scott. "James needs to keep his head up and get his fitness back. We wish him all the best. …

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