BAT­TLER HEARNS TONS OF RE­SPECT

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Joshua Richards

MANS­FIELD boss Adam Mur­ray has la­belled striker Liam Hearn “su­per­hu­man” as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from a se­vere knee in­jury suf­fered in Au­gust faster than an­tic­i­pated.

The 29-year-old hob­bled off 16 min­utes into his full de­but against Sh­effield United in the Cap­i­tal One Cup with a car­ti­lage in­jury.

The ex-Al­fre­ton and Grimsby hit­man was ex­pected to be out for the rest of the sea­son, but Mur­ray says he has been stag­gered by Hearn’s re­mark­able re­cov­ery from the set­back

Mur­ray said: “Touch wood, and I’m not go­ing to put any pres­sure on him, but he’s fly­ing. The bloke, as a hu­man be­ing, is some kind of crea­ture I’ve never seen be­fore. He’s like a su­per­hu­man.

“He’s non-stop. He’s nearly in be­fore me in the morn­ings. He’s in early and he leaves late; he gives ev­ery­thing he’s got to get fit.”

Hearn has pre­vi­ous when it comes to se­ri­ous in­juries, hav­ing had last sea­son ru­ined by a cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment com­plaint and suf­fered a rup­tured Achilles ten­don just 16 months be­fore.

“I think this game is that cruel, some­times you don’t get what you de­serve,” added Mur­ray .“We’ve seen that with some of our per­for­mances, but for the in­di­vid­ual, he needs a slice of luck now in his ca­reer and his life. What­ever we can do to help out, we will.”

RE­COV­ERY: Liam Hearn

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