Worst news is confirmed for Callum
CALLUM Kearns will discover in the next few weeks whether or not he will be able to return for Bury Town in the future, writes Derek Bish.
The midfielder had the news confirmed this week that he has ruptured a cruciate knee ligament again, confirming the expected worst after being stretchered off in the Blues’ season opener against Carshalton Athletic.
Kearns is set to have a third consecutive season destroyed by a knee problem after his initial cruciate ligament injury — suffered in October 2010 against Staines Town — kept him out for the best part of 18 months.
Bury manager Richard Wilkins said: “The worse thing about it is he’s worked so hard to get back.
“He’s not rushed it and looked class in pre-season, so to go through all that and do it again 55 minutes into the first game of the season is just terrible.”
Bury hope to speak with Kearns’ specialist in the coming days to determine whether or not the former Southend United trainee can still have a decent non-League career.
Meanwhile, pacey winger Lee Flavin — who has racked up more than a dozen clubs by the age of 21 — could be considered for a start when the Blues host Canvey Island in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup tomorrow (3pm).
The youngster, who has played for St Albans City among others, joined Bury in time to be part of their squad to travel to Hastings United on Saturday, but a minor hamstring problem kept him consigned to the bench,
With Allicion Blake and Rhys Barber cup-tied after featuring for their respective Thurlow Nunn League clubs earlier in the competition and John Sands (groin), Kearns and Elliot Hunter (both knee) injured, Wilkins’ squad is somewhat thin on the ground.
That means Flavin, Luke Ingram or Evan Key are likely to be brought into the team, while Dan Hitching could be recalled from his dual registration at Diss Town.
Portuguese midfielder Pedro Souza could be in the squad after receiving international clearance to play, while Greek goalkeeper Alex Rossis has joined from Chelmsford City.
“The FA Cup is massive for the players, massive for me and massive for the club,” said Wilkins, whose side stand to win £3,000 if they beat Canvey.
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