Port Vale’s Michael Brown ‘disappointed’ for injured Anton Forrester

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Port Vale assistant manager Michael Brown has expressed his disappointment for striker Anton Forrester, after he was forced off against Oldham Athletic with a recurrence of his hamstring injury.

Forrester, 22, has two goals in nine appearances this season, but has failed to add to his tally since August due to three instances of the same hamstring injury that has put the breaks on his first season at Vale.

The striker continued his injury comeback in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Oldham, but had to be substituted in the first half as his hamstring issue flared up again.

Speaking on Forrester’s injury issues, Brown said: “We are still waiting for a scan. We are very disappointed for him to come off the pitch after what he has been through.

“He has been working very hard and we have been looking forward to him coming back.

“Hopefully it isn’t too bad but he certainly felt something.”

Forrester, who joined Vale in the summer after being released by Blackburn Rovers at the end of the last season, will not play a part in Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury Town.

Brown feels that he will need a lengthy run of games when recovered in order to get him fully fit.

“He is still a young boy, he hasn’t played a lot of minutes and I think that is what we were starting to help him with.

“He was starting to get a run in the team and doing much better but this is the problem sometimes when players haven’t been hardened.

“We have to get him on the pitch and get him a twenty or thirty game run.

“Every player gets injuries, you have to be strong and physically as good as you can.

“He has to realise what the problem is, work that out and work extremely hard again. These are the knock-backs you have in football.”

Forrester will not be Vale’s only injury issue going into the Shrewsbury game.

Ben Purkiss (shoulder), Sam Foley (ankle) and Jerome Thomas are also sidelined.

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