Injured Hughes vows to return

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Scarborough Athletic’s experienced midfielder Bryan Hughes is confident of bouncing back from his broken leg.

The 37-year-old former Hull City and Birmingham City man picked up the injury in the first half of Boro’s 3-0 defeat at Evo-Stik South leaders Halesowen on Saturday.

Despite the clean break of his fibula in his right leg, Hughes doesn’t blame Halesowen Curtis Tilt for the tackle. He is more frustrated with referee John Law, who offered no protection to Boro - a recurring trend this season.

Hughes said: “I wouldn’t put any blame on the lad, he was an honest but clumsy player.

“In any other standard of football that would be a straight red card. I’m not calling for somebody to be sent off, but he went in two-footed over the top of the ball.

“I have been in professional football for over 20 years and I understand tackles like that happen, but the unbelievable thing is the fact that the referee gave the free-kick agains me.

“The referee’s assessor was there for the game, I hope he sends in a full report on him.

“I don’t know why but referee see Scarborough come to town and seem to go against us, giving advantages the other way and not protecting us at all.

“That part of this division has been a real eye-opener for me.

“I was also a little disappointed by Halesowen as a club on Saturday as well.

“Having played for Birmingham in the past I spent some time before the game talking to fans and signing things.

“But after my injury nobody came to see how I was, in fact they didn’t even send a stretcher over. I had to hobble off the pitch at half-time.

“On the whole I thought their attitude as a club was poor.”

Hughes will be staying positive about his future in the game, vowing to return in time for pre-season.

He added: “You have to stay positive about it. I will be back playing football again.

“I’ll be in the stand on Saturday for the game against Market Drayton, maybe that will help because I’ll get a different perspective of the game for when we go in at half-time.

“I’m looking forward to pre-season now. I’ll hopefully get the all-clear before it all starts, so I’ll be starting my rehab while everyone else is winding down after the season.

“The bigger picture isn’t great at the moment though.

“I’ll remain in a lot of pain while things knit back together. You don’t realise how much something like this can affect you until it happens.

“I had to cancel a holiday on Sunday and I have had to put my television work on the back-burner.

“I’m going down to watch Hull City at Wembley in a few weeks as well, hopefully I’ll be a little more mobile by then.”