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Dave Misses Out


13:28 3rd January 2013

No Luton return for injured midfielder.

Hamstring victim Dave Edwards will miss out on a return to his former club when Wolves travel to Luton for Saturday’s third round FA Cup tie.

The Welsh international suffered a hamstring tear in the away game at Bristol City at the beginning of December which has cost him the opportunity of a return to Kenilworth Road to face the club he joined Wolves from in January, 2008. 

Updating his progress, Dave said: “Things are on track at the moment. It was a six to eight week injury and I’ve started doing a bit of running outside now. 

“The tear on my hamstring is quite a nasty one and is positioned high up towards the tendon so it’s a bit harder to heal than if it were nearer the middle of the muscle. 

“You can’t rush hamstring injuries because there is the chance you can make things worse and find yourself out for another six weeks or so. It’s all about being careful and making sure that I’m fully right. I’m on schedule at the moment and whilst I’m gutted to be missing Saturday’s game, hopefully I’ll be back soon.

“It’s always nice to play at an old club. I was only down there for about six months and it was the first time that I’d moved away from home when I went there but I really enjoyed it. 

“When I heard the draw I obviously wanted to be back for the game but it’s come along a bit too soon.”

Despite finding themselves in the Conference, Luton are still attracting five and six thousand attendances to their games and Dave recalls: “Our home form when I was there was brilliant. We struggled in away fixtures but in my time there I think we only lost once at home. 

“There will be a really good atmosphere. Even in the Conference they are getting decent crowds and three sides of the ground are really close to the pitch so it will be a hostile environment for us to play in. 

“It’s a strange stadium with boxes down the one side and our supporters will have to go through gaps between terraced houses to get into the ground. You literally have to walk under someone’s bedroom to get in! 

“And when the team bus parks you have to walk under the bridge carrying the railway lines to get to the dressing rooms. It really is an old school stadium which will give them a better chance of getting a result but, hopefully, not in our case.

“The lads are going to have to work very hard in the first ten minutes to quieten the crowd down because if the Luton supporters get the chance to really get behind their team, then they will do. 

“Our confidence needs a boost at the moment and it’s important for us, as a team, to go down there and put in a decent performance and, hopefully, get the win.” 

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