Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Porter Ruled out for Two Months

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Porter Ruled out for Two Months

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

HARTLEPOOL United will be without striker Joel Porter for two months - and events at the weekend could make it a double whammy for Danny Wilson.

Porter's absence and a possible recall for on-loan Hull City forward Darryl Murphy could force Pool into the transfer market, with Mansfield Town skipper Richie Barker believed to be top of Wilson's shopping list.

Australian international Porter has undergone surgery after injuring his left knee six minutes into the recent Johnstone's Paints Trophy defeat to Doncaster Rovers and is expected to be out for two months.

It is not related to the medial ligament damage which restricted Porter to just eight games in 2005-6, which was to his right knee.

The blow was further exacerbated when Hull's top scorer Jon Parkin picked up an ankle injury during an aerial challenge in Saturday's 2-0 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Hull's top-scorer landed awkwardly seven minutes into the game and looked in some discomfort when he was carried off on a stretcher. But initial fears he had broken his ankle appear unfounded.

The Tigers are waiting to discover the full extent of their six-goal striker's injury but if the prognosis is a bad one, boss Phil Parkinson may recall Duffy from Victoria Park.

The Scot is currently two weeks into a two-month loan spell with League Two Hartlepool. He made his debut against Barnet but was unable to play in Saturday's FA Cup first round draw against Rochdale so as not to be cup-tied for the later stages.

Wilson is reluctant to overburden James Brown, despite the youngster's goal-scoring return at the weekend.

The talented 19-year-old has long been held up as a star of the future, despite cruciate knee ligament in the 2005 pre-season.

But his FA Cup strike against Rochdale was only the third senior goal of Brown's career and Wilson is wary of piling too much expectation on the youngster.

"It's important he is used as we think we need to without putting too much pressure on the boy because he's a good prospect," said Wilson. …

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