injury wait for Kearns

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CALLUM Kearns faces an anxious wait to see if he has suffered a recurrence of the knee injury that has destroyed his last two seasons.

The Bury Town midfielder was stretchered off just shy of the hour-mark in the Blues’ opening day 
draw with Carshalton Athletic on Saturday.

He landed awkwardly after going in for a routine challenge and clearly damaged the same knee that suffered a cruciate ligament injury in October 2010 and kept him out for the following 18 months.

Speaking to the Free Press on Wednesday, Kearns said: “It felt similar to the last time, but I won’t know until I see my specialist.

“I’m not going to start getting my head down and crying about it until I know the full extent of the damage.”

The former Southend United trainee is now awaiting a scan to discover the problem, but Kearns was in so much pain when being taken off that he had to cover his face with his shirt as he was consoled by team-mate John Sands.

That knocked Bury in their quest for victory and the team were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw.

However, they only had to wait three more days to pick up their first success of the season as they saw off Thurrock 3-0 thanks to goals from Tom Bullard, Billy Clark and newly-signed striker Alicion Blake — who has joined on a dual registration deal with Woodbridge Town.

Bury manager Richard Wilkins said: “I was pleased with the way we defended against Thurrock because they had a big lad up front and everything was aimed at him.

“Alicion came off the bench, did well, scored a good goal and did all the right things as we closed the game out in the last few minutes.”

The Blues travel to Hendon tomorrow (3pm) and host Canvey Island on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm) in their next two Ryman League Premier Division fixtures.