Injured Mansfield Town striker Liam Hearn has had an operation to repair cartilage damage in his knee.
Hearn, who had the operation earlier this week, suffered the injury during Mansfield’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat against Sheffield United.
He is no stranger to battling back from long-term injuries after twice overcoming major injury setbacks during his time at Grimsby Town.
And Stags’ assistant manager Adam Murray is backing the former Alfreton Town hotshot to come back strong.
“Liam has had his operation and is doing well. He is in a positive mood and has got great character,” said Murray
“He is a strong lad and is determined to come back fitter and stronger than before. He is seeing it as a challenge and one that he will win.
“We are all backing him in his recovery and will be on hand if he needs any support from us.”
Murray has also shown his support to striker Ollie Palmer, who has come in for criticism from sections of the crowd due to his lack of goals.
Palmer has scored four goals during 38 appearances for Mansfield and was guilty of missing a sitter in the dying stages of the 1-0 win against Newport on Tuesday.
Said Murray: “Ollie just needs to get some luck. He needs a goal, whether it is off his backside or some other way, and to get a break.
“He has shown that he is a real handful when he has played, he is a player opponents do not like playing against.
“We have got some good options up front and he is one of those players.
“Ollie will not let misses bother him, he will just keep going and working hard.”
Hardworking Palmer was no stranger to goals during his time at Havant and Waterlooville, where he scored 37 goals in just 67 appearances.