Bury Town striker Jack Brame is set to be ruled out of the start of the season after fracturing his cheekbone in two places on Sunday.
The former Walsham-le-Willows front man — who turned last season’s dual-registration deal with the Blues into a permanent switch this summer — injured himself playing cricket on Sunday and will see a specialist today to reveal the full extent of the damage.
With fellow forward Remi Garrett not due back from Thailand until August 18, Bury boss Ben Chenery is keen to finalise a deal for a new striker, and former Histon man Matty Waters is currently in pole position.
“He’s a young lad and very hungry,” said Chenery of the trialist.
“I’ll give him another look on Saturday.”
Bury Town were close to signing Waters — who had a trial at Sky Bet Championship club Birmingham City in March 2013 — last summer and he scored the only goal in their pre-season win over Mildenhall Town.
The striker opted to remain with Histon on that occasion and has scored a total of five times for the Skrill Conference North outfit across two seasons, from two starts and 21 substitute appearances.
He also impressed while on loan at St Ives Town in Calor Southern League Division One Central earlier this year, netting a hat-trick in their 5-4 defeat to Northwood.
Chenery hopes to have ‘one or two’ other trialists involved in tomorrow’s friendly at home to a Colchester United XI (3pm) and Tuesday’s meeting with former Ryman Premier Division rivals Lowestoft Town at Ram Meadow (7.45pm).
New on-the-field captain Seb Dunbar should make his pre-season bow against professional outfit Colchester after spending time with best friend Garrett in Thailand, but Brame will not be available because of his facial injury.
“It’s a massive setback because I’ve been looking forward for the opening day of the season to come around,” said the striker, who suffered the injury when he collided with a teammate in the field while playing cricket on Sunday.
“I’m going to miss the rest of pre-season and goodness knows how many games when the season starts.”
Goalkeeper Marcus Garnham and midfielder Ross Bailey missed Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to AFC Sudbury, but returned for Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Mildenhall Town, with the latter’s penalty being added to by Miles Smith late in the first half.