It Will Help Him – Charlton Boss Sees Silver Lining In Forward’s Absence

Michael Appleton, manager of Charlton Athletic, believes that Miles Leaburn’s injury will teach him discipline and patience.

The 20-year-old centre-forward came through Charlton’s youth system and has since scored seven goals in all competitions for the Addicks.


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Leaburn suffered a hamstring injury against Cheltenham last month and underwent surgery, which is set to keep him out for five months.

Appleton emphasized that Charlton will be cautious with Leaburn’s recovery and feels the injury will be a learning experience for him.

The Addicks manager also stated that his injury will teach him the value of discipline and patience throughout his recuperation phase, which will benefit him in the future.

“It’s a setback for him at such a young age”, Appleton told the South London Press.

“From a maturity point of view, it will help him – he probably doesn’t think that or realise it at the minute.

“But over a period of time, the type of discipline that he’s going to have to show while he is out injured and the patience he’s going to have to show because of the type of injury that it is, will stand him in good stead for what will be a great career for him.

“I’d rather be really cautious with this one.

“I’m sure that [five months] will be the case because the reality is that muscular injuries of this severity take time.”

Charlton are poised to face Cambridge United at the weekend, and Appleton will be hoping that other center strikers will step up in Leaburn’s absence.

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