JAMES Scowcroft hopes news from the hospital will be favourable after suffering a potentially serious injury against Cambridge United on Monday.
As the Free Press went to print yesterday, the 35-year-old was awaiting results on a scan to determine how serious injuries to his groin and abdominal areas were.
Initial diagnosis suggested Scowcroft may have torn his groin muscle, but the former Ipswich Town player is hopeful that results may give him a much better outlook.
“There’s a bit of groin damage and it looks like I’ve also done something to my lower abdominal muscle,” said the Stanton-based striker-turned- midfielder. “It felt like quite a nasty one when I tumbled over, but hopefully it is better than first feared and it won’t be too big a blow.”
It comes just a week after the former Thurston Community College pupil agreed to remain at Ram Meadow for another season.
Scowcroft – who is set to miss the opening two matches of the season through suspension – will join new signing Danny Cunningham (five-match suspension) and captain Tom Bullard (one-match suspension) on the sidelines when the Ryman League season kicks off at Horsham on Saturday, August 20.
Wilkins said: “He has been relishing getting involved in more coaching with us and his attitude has been spot on, as you can expect, so it is a bit of a blow for us.”
Although Bury have lost one experienced ex-Football League player for the time being, they could be set to sign another in the next 24 hours.
Former Wycombe Wanderers striker Roy Essandoh – who has been on trial at Ram Meadow this summer – is set to meet the Blues’ director of football Trevor Collins to thrash out a deal.
“It’s just about getting it right for him and us,” said Wilkins. “It was quite an exciting front three we finished with on Monday with him, Sam Reed and Kieran Leabon.”
Meanwhile, Bury look set to miss out on Glenn Hoddle Academy graduate Curtley Williams, who is attracting strong interest from Blue Square Bet Premier team AFC Telford United.
However, there are is serious competition for places and many options for Wilkins in the team, although that will provide its own problems when the Blues find themselves at full strength.
“It’s the strongest squad I’ve ever had,” he said. “After five or six games of the season maybe one or two of them will have to go on loan because we won’t be able to keep everybody happy.”
The Blues – who drew 1-1 at home to Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Cambridge United on Monday – play their final pre-season match of the summer at newly-promoted Ryman One North side Leiston tomorrow (3pm).
“Hopefully we will come out of that with another good performance and can plan for the Horsham game next week,” said Wilkins.