The official site has confirmed that Dale Stephens is to have an operation on his ankle to clear up a persistent problem. He will be out for a few weeks.
Stephens made a good start to the season and there has been some puzzlement about why he had disappeared from the side, even allowing for the birth of a child with his partner still based oop North. The reason is now clear.
Andy Hughes has slotted into the side well with an excellent work rate, showing once again that Chris Powell can make good signings despite his 'inexperience'. Best wishes to Dale for a speedy recovery to full fitness.