ARGYLE manager Derek Adams is confident that Carl McHugh will return from a hamstring injury quicker than initially feared.
The Irish defender-turned-midfielder was substituted early in the second half of the Greens’ 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers, worryingly holding his hamstring. The diagnosis for his injury has brought back more positive results than feared, though, with Carl set for a much shorter lay-off than many hamstring injuries can sideline a player for.
“He’s got a hamstring injury – it’s not as bad as first feared,” said Adams.
“It may be a couple of weeks, then we can help him back. Obviously with the height that his leg went up and with the possible extent of the damage, it’s a good sign.”
McHugh bas been a key cog in Adams’ plans since arriving at Home Park, but the boss is now looking for other members of his squad to grasp the opportunity left by Carl’s absence with both hands.
“Carl’s played in every game that I’ve managed here,” said Derek, “and I think that he’s been an important player for us.
“It gives somebody else an opportunity to come in and stake a place, but Carl has been magnificent since I came here.
“He’s a young boy – he’s only 22 years of age – but he’s got good experience, played a lot of games, and we’ll miss him over the coming weeks.”
One of the potential replacements for McHugh could be Bolton Wanderers loanee Oscar Threlkeld, who is back in full training following a thigh knock.
“He’s come back into the squad for training today,” said Adams. “He’s looking well, and we’ll see how he progresses later in the week, if he’s going to be involved on Saturday."