There is no ulterior motive behind Freddie Murray’s de-registration as a Luton player with Gary Brabin saying the injured full back is still contracted to the club.
The Irishman hasn’t kicked a ball in anger this term and this month has had more surgery on a troublesome knee.
Left back Greg Taylor was signed from Darlington last week and took over the number three shirt as Murray was deregistered by the club.
But manager Brabin is still hopeful the defender will be back for the sharp end of the season.
“Freddie hasn’t kicked a ball, trained and he has struggled with injuries this year, so he’s ended up having an operation - a big one - and he’s going to be out for a good few months,” said the Hatters boss. “Hopefully, he’ll be back for the last month of the season but he’ll have to get himself fit.
"He won’t have played any competitive football for over 12 months. In terms of the number three situation, there is not more to it. I don’t want to bring players in a giving them [shirt number] 35 or 46. It is purely because of the injuries that this situation has arisen.”
Brabin admitted that he knows what Murray is going through because he suffered with the same injury himself, so knows more than most how long it takes to recover.
“There have been one or two little issues with Freddie and he’s had an operation on one particular part of the knee,” said Brabin.
“It’s something I had as a player and it is difficult to come back. It is certainly not a short term thing.”