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Harriers boosted after Kyle surgery
9:31am Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
KIDDERMINSTER Harriers have been given an injury boost with the news Kyle Storer’s injury is not as bad as first feared.
The midfielder looked set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after damaging his knee in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southport.
But after surgery to clean out the cartilage, assistant manager Gary Whild was happy to reveal the 25-year-old is set to be out for between four or five weeks.
That comes as a relief to Harriers’ management, who had already lost Jack Byrne for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Whild said: “Kyle’s surgery has gone well, so it looks as though our initial fears are not as bad as first thought.
“He’s had his cartilage cleaned out and all being well he will be back between four and five weeks.
“We will obviously keep an eye on him but we’ve got Manny Panther, Keith Briggs, Callum Gittings and James Vincent who can all play in midfield.”
Harriers have no other injury worries going into Saturday’s Blue Square Bet Premier clash against Grimsby Town (3pm kick-off).
With the Aggborough outfit still waiting for their first win of the season going into their ninth league game, the pressure is on for Harriers to end their poor run.
They came agonisingly close to all three points against Southport at the weekend before two defensive errors in six minutes gifted the Sandgrounders two goals.
Meanwhile, Whild confirmed striker Jamille Matt is doing everything in his power to become elligible to play again.
The striker is still battling the UK Border Agency about claims over his citizenship and work permit.
Matt is currently training with Harriers but cannot play until the situation is resolved.
“It’s a difficult situation because it’s in the hands of the Border Agency,” said Whild. “You are chasing people at the highest level and Jamille’s frustrated and I can assure everyone that the club is too.”
Whild also denied reports the hitman played in a behind the scenes training game against Cheltenham at Whaddon Road on Monday, which Harriers won 2-1 thanks to goals for Lee Vaughan and Gittings.
A update from the Robins’ official Twitter account had said Matt was in the starting line-up but in the subsequent report on their website his named was omitted.
Whild said: “Jamille did not play in the game.
“I think one of our other players has been confused for him and it’s just a mistake.”