Hernia op sidelines Marples
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 28-year-old played through the pain barrier during the holiday fixture period before going under the knife to treat his hernia problem.
Marples is expected to return to Donny's training ground next week to begin his rehabilitation programme.
Meanwhile, on-loan striker Chris Brown is to have exploratory tests on his groin and hip girdle with parent club Sunderland.
Brown had been complaining of discomfort in his hip and groin area and The Black Cats are keen to determine the source of the problem.
Depending on the results, Brown will either return to Belle Vue to continue his fitness programme of his season-long loan stay or remain at The Stadium of Light for possible treatment.