Date: 3rd October 2013 at 10:47pm
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Aaron Downes, a loan update, and Alan Knill talks about Anthony O’Connor.

Alan Knill has said that the extent of defender Aaron Downes’ injury will be known next Monday when he visits a surgeon.

The Australian centre half collapsed last week in training and everybody has been concerned as to the extent of the injury, and those at the club, like Downes no doubt, are hoping that what appears to be a tear in his knee won’t be too serious at all.

The problem for Alan Knill is until the surgeon takes a proper look to prognosis is anything from four weeks to four months for the player, and if it’s anywhere near the latter it’s a huge blow for both the player and the club.

The only positive so far is that it’s not his knee ligament, so he has no worries about an injury he’s sustained in the past, which would definitely keep him out for months.

In a separate interview, Knill also confirmed that unfortunately so far, given both players wish a loan spell, there hasn’t been any enquiries for Kevin Nicholson or Nathan Craig.

As for our incoming loanee Anthony O’Connor, Knill told the Official Site of the capture of the talented 20 year old from Blackburn.

‘We were desperate for a centre half after the news of Downes, so we had to move quickly. He is a lad I have seen and Brassy as well, playing for Blackburn at centre half, although he spent last season at right back, playing 46 games for Burton.’

Knill credits O’Connor for jumping at the chance and being excited about first team potential again and he thanks Blackburn for allowing the deal to go through.

It’s initially for a month, and if all works out, Blackburn have shown they’ll let him go for a year already.