Town striker Dale Johnson has been ruled out for the rest of the season after it was confirmed the striker will need surgery on his knee.
Johnson picked up the injury during Town’s 1-0 win at Worcester as he attempted to clear a corner.
The frontman, who scored ten goals following his summer move from Droylsden, limped away from St George’s Lane after the game after being carried off the pitch mid-way through the first half.
It was initially thought he could face several weeks on the sidelines - but after further treatment, it has been revealed that Johnson will require surgery on his cruciate knee ligament.
Boss Neil Aspin said it was hard on a player who has suffered with injuries problems in the past.
“You’ve got to feel for the lad,” said Aspin.
“He’s had injuries in his career and this was a season where we were hoping he could remain injury free.
“For him to need an operation on his cruciate is particularly bad and something that all players dread.”
“We’ve had some bad luck with injuries this year. Whenever we try to get a settled team we get hit with an injury, and with Alex Johnson being cup tied against Maidstone we didn’t have a lot of options in the striking roles.
“Dale had a good goal return and was coming into form so we are going to miss him. The main thing is that he can get his knee sorted out and he can continue with his career, but it’s a blow for us.”