BURY Town have been dealt a double blow ahead of their most important game of the season so far.
Tomorrow, the third-placed Blues entertain league-leaders Sutton United (3pm), in a match that is expected to attract a bumper crowd at Ram Meadow.
However, in the same week that Cambridge City’s left winger Ashley Fuller rejected a move to the club, it has been revealed that fellow left-sided midfielder Chris Henderson could be out of action for a further three months.
The former Kirkley & Pakefield attacker, who has bagged 11 goals this term, has suffered complications with a hamstring injury that has seen him sidelined since early November. It is believed the problem in his leg has derived from his back, but more will become clear once he has seen a specialist.
“It is a blow for us because he should have been back playing about this time,” said manager Richard Wilkins. “Not only did he start the season strongly with lots of goals but, he is also a good person to have around the camp.
“We will know more once he has seen the specialist, but it isn’t looking great. Due to Henderson’s problem, we put in a seven-day approach for Ashley Fuller at Cambridge City, but for personal reasons, it looks like he has decided to join Biggleswade. It is close to where he lives and that is fair enough.”
Ashley Sloots added more playing time after his comeback from long-term injury with 65 minutes in the 2-2 draw at Concord Rangers on Tuesday, so is likely to start at left-back, with Mark Coulson continuing in a more advanced role.
Despite failing to win any of their last three matches, Wilkins is confident his side will perform to the best of their ability when they bid to topple Sutton tomorrow.
“Our performances have actually been very good,” he said.
“Perhaps we are not making it easy on ourselves at times by conceding late in games, but we are creating lots of chances.
“Refereeing decisions have been going against us as well and they have to start going our way soon. We could certainly do with a lift and a big crowd always helps.
“There is a lot of football still to play this season, but this is a game that we must look to win and show that we are capable of maintaining our title target.”
Defender Roscoe Hipperson is in contention, while striker Kieran Leabon should again make the bench following his comeback from a hamstring injury.
n The Blues continue their league programme with a trip to Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday (7.45pm).