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Howkins Sidelined By Knee Injury, Reveals Evans

12th January 2017

Mansfield Town's on-loan defender Kyle Howkins will miss Saturday's League Two trip to neighbours Notts County due to a knee injury.

The 20-year-old limped off in the second-half of the Stags' 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win at home to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday.

It means Howkins, who this week agreed a new two-and-a-half year contract with parent club West Bromwich Albion, will be out for around ten days.

That means, as well as the weekend game, he could miss the trip to Cambridge the following Saturday and possibly the Checkatrade Trophy home quarter-final against Wycombe Wanderers three days later.

The news was revealed by boss Steve Evans at a press conference on Thursday where he also said he is working hard to get one or two more new faces in ahead of the match at Meadow Lane.

But, he has admitted that he needs to get them over the line before Friday so that they will be ready to take part in the intriguing local derby.

So far, it has been four in and four out at the One Call Stadium with Darius Henderson, Adi Yussuf, Alex Iacovitti and Oscar Gobern leaving the club at the start of the month to be replaced by Jake Kean, Joel Byrom, Ben Whiteman and Yoann Arquin.

Meanwhile, Evans told Mansfield 103.2 that he has turned down a couple of firm pieces of interest from other clubs for winger CJ Hamilton.

The 21-year-old, who joined from Sheffield United in the summer, has hit a rich vein of form in recent matches, proving instrumental in the recent victories over Crewe Alexandra and Oldham.


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