James Brown injury blow for Hartlepool United

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JAMES Brown looks set for yet another spell on the sidelines after his injury jinx struck again during last night’s 1-0 defeat at home to Leyton Orient.

The 24-year-old had found himself back in the team in recent weeks following an injury-fragmented campaign.

But Brown went over on his ankle midway during the first half and, despite lengthy treatment, eventually succumbed to the problem.

“It’s such a shame,” Wadsworth said.

“His bad luck continues and it’s just amazing.

“It’s just been this endless cycle of nearly getting there and boom, he’s gone again.

“He was so desperate to stay on but I knew in all honesty when he went down he’d probably have to come off.

“But, credit to him, he got it strapped up and had a go but in my mind I knew he had no chance and it was no surprise he had to be substituted.”

A succession of knee and ankle complaints has seen Brown spend as much time in the treatment room as the dressing room this term.

But an injury-free stretch dating back to Christmas had offered fresh hope that the talented frontman could be over the worst of his problems.