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Uncertain future for Jamie Brown

By Wendy Gee -

Jamie Brown's future at Blue Square Bet promotion chasers Eastleigh is in the balance.

The braveheart striker/midfielder has been suspended for two weeks for a breach of club discipline.

He has been told not to report back until next week when chairman Paul Murray returns from holiday.

Eastleigh are not prepared to go public on the reasons for Brown's suspension, but director of football Dave Malone confirmed: "We have a code of conduct at the club which we feel Jamie Brown has breached.

"The chairman is due back from holiday next week and we will decide what course of action to take."

Southampton-born Brown has been with Eastleigh for more than four years having joined them from Dorchester Town in September 2006.

His 100 per cent commitment and battling qualities have made him a firm favourite with Spitfires fans, but a succession of injuries have limited him to just 146 appearances.

He had major hip surgery three years ago and has had several operations since, earning him the nickname of the Bionic Man.

Last season he sat out so much of the campaign that he feared he would not be offered a new contract, but the club gave him a new deal.

Manager Ian Baird can ill afford to lose any more players from an already compact squad but, Brown would not have featured against Welling tomorrow anyway had the game not been postponed.

He is still out with a gashed foot and ankle injury sustained during a reserve match last month.

Further bad news for the Spitfires is that left-sided player Brett Poate has had a setback in his recovery from a broken arm.

The ex-Saint had been expected back any day now, but a specialist has confirmed he will be out for another three weeks because the bone hasn't knitted properly.

Apart from Poate and Brown, the rest of the squad is fit and well - albeit that they haven't seen each other since last Thursday.

"We haven't been able to train because of the weather," said Baird. "The problem is we've got players scattered all over the place with Anthony Riviere and Peter Adeniyi in London and Tom Jordan and Jason Matthews down Bristol way.

"Even if we found somewhere local to train, you've got to second guess whether they would get home again.

"We've not seen each other for a week, but I would imagine everyone else is in the same boat."

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