Garner provides Miles Leaburn injury update

Miles Leaburn limping off injured

Striker Miles Leaburn faces a spell on the sidelines after limping off during Tuesday’s 4-2 home win against Exeter City.

The 18-year-old has made a big impact since graduating from the club’s academy to the men’s first team this season, scoring five goals in 16 games.

He picked up an ankle injury in Tuesday’s win and while X-Rays showed the ankle isn’t broken, a further scan suggested there is ligament damage.

Manager Ben Garner said: “It's not good news unfortunately. He’s got some ligament damage to his ankle. He’s waiting to see a specialist next week. He’s in a protective boot at the moment and it’s sadly going to be a period of time on the sidelines. I would say it’s a medium-term injury.

“It’s disappointing for us and disappointing for Miles on the back of the great season he’s had so far. I had a good chat with him yesterday and we put a little plan together about how he comes back even better, so he is in a better place when he comes back than when he picked up the injury. He can still learn, he can still improve. There are still things we can do with him during this period of time. These are the type of challenges we face in professional football.

“I think Mandela Egbo has been a great example this year. He started pre-season really strongly, picked up a really unfortunate injury and he’s come back better. He’s come back sharper, fitter, stronger and that’s what we try and do with players with injuries - have them come back in a better place than when they picked up the injury and try and hit the ground running.”

Everyone at Charlton wishes Miles a speedy recovery.

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