Bury Town may have to do without the services of Lee Reed when they travel to Hampton and Richmond Borough tomorrow (3pm).
The former Haverhill Rovers midfielder has picked up a hernia injury that forced him out of the Blues’ Isthmian League Cup fourth round defeat to Concord Rangers on Tuesday night.
Reed had a hernia operation during the close season, but his new injury is on the opposite side, and looks set to keep him out of tomorrow’s Ryman League Premier Division clash against a Hampton side Bury hammered 4-0 in the FA Cup earlier this season.
He joins teenager Connor Hall in the treatment room, with the youngster — who almost moved to npower League One outfit Leyton Orient in September — expected to be missing until January.
Scans have revealed the versatile left-footer has damaged cartilage in his knee, with an operation scheduled for December 19 and recovery expected to take a minimum of three weeks.
Long-term knee injury victims Elliot Hunter and Callum Kearns remain sidelined, but Billy Clark is continuing to recover from his thigh problem and could start again tomorrow, having played an hour of the Blues’ 2-1 loss to Concord Rangers in the Isthmian League Cup on Tuesday.
It has been a difficult few days on the pitch for Bury, who were thrashed 5-1 by Bognor Regis on Saturday and relinquished their grip on the Isthmian League Cup on Tuesday, despite an improved display.
Boss Richard Wilkins said: “The scoreline flattered Bognor massively — they probably deserved to win the game, but only by a goal.
“We were very disjointed at the end when we conceded three goals — we lost our organisation and composure.”
Bury also hope to tie Craig Parker to the club longer term as the second month of his loan at Ram Meadow nears an end.
Chelmsford City midfielder Parker is due to return to his parent club after tomorrow’s clash with Hampton and Richmond Borough, but the Blues are working on extending his stay in Suffolk after netting four goals in 12 games.
Meanwhile, Wilkins revealed it was a case of ‘wrong position, wrong time’ that stopped the club making a move for Needham Market striker Sam Newson, who has joined Lowestoft Town on a three-month loan deal.
“Our priority is to get a defender in,” said the Blues’ boss, who continues to chase his preferred centre-half target.
Referring to the amount of time it is taking to try and conclude the deal, Wilkins added: “We needed to bring someone in who is going to improve our backline — you can’t just bring in someone for the sake of it.”