Joss Labadie: Newport County midfielder has not suffered major injury

Newport midfielder Joss Labadie received treatment on his knee before being withdrawn against Forest Green
Newport midfielder Joss Labadie received treatment on his knee before being withdrawn against Forest Green

Newport County have been boosted by the confirmation that midfielder Joss Labadie has not suffered a recurrence of his long-term knee injury.

The midfielder, 28, was withdrawn after eight minutes of Newport's 4-1 defeat to Forest Green Rovers on Boxing Day.

It was Labadie's first start for the Exiles since surgery to repair cruciate knee ligament damage sustained in March, but a scan presented good news.

"He should be back in about ten days," boss Mike Flynn told BBC Sport Wales.

Labadie saw his Newport contract expire at the end of last season but re-signed at Rodney Parade in October, the deal lasting until the end of the current campaign.

He had made four substitute appearances before being named in the starting XI on Boxing Day, his first start since damaging ligaments in training in March.

"We've had the scan and there's nothing structurally wrong [with his knee], which is great news," Flynn said after Newport's 0-0 draw with Crawley Town.

"It's just a bit of swelling from the original challenge. Hopefully he'll be back sooner rather than later."

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