Keeper ruled out for season?

Keeper ruled out for season?

First-choice goalkeeper Chris Neal is set to miss the remainder of the season after the club confirmed that he had suffered ankle ligament damage.

It doesn’t look good. It is ankle ligaments and the usual healing period is six to eight weeks…

Neal was stretchered off on Saturday following a challenge by Ian Goodison and deputy Sam Johnson is set to replace him for the remainder of the season. Younger Ryan Boot has been recalled from a loan spell with Worcester to serve as Johnson’s deputy.

Assistant manager Mark Grew commented: “It doesn’t look good. It is ankle ligaments and the usual healing period is six to eight weeks. If he can come back before that he will have done well, but at the moment he is on crutches and can’t put his weight on it. The ankle is blue with a lot of swelling.

“It was very unfortunate, but it has given Sam Johnson a chance again. We are not worried about Sam. We would probably have been more concerned if he hasn’t played those games before, but he did well when he came in during the first half of the season.

“This gives him another opportunity to stake his claim.”

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