Scarborough Athletic’s new defender James Williams has been hit by a hefty injury blow just a few weeks into his spell with the club.
Williams cracked his tibia during Tuesday night’s friendly meeting with Pickering Town, which looks likely to rule him out for some time.
This comes as a blow to Boro and also Williams, who was set to go travelling in the New Year.
Joint-boss Paul Foot said: “I’m gutted for him to be honest.
“He has come in and got on and not asked for anything.
“He told us that he was going travelling after Christmas and because of that he accepted that he would only be getting 20 minutes here and there for us.
“We want to keep him involved, we’ll be inviting him down to our games and doing our best to make sure he has a full recovery.”
Williams is now the only one of Boro’s players with injury issues after the recovery of Pete Davidson, Alex Metcalfe and Gary Bradshaw.
Davidson is absent for the game against Bridlington Town on Saturday, but both Bradshaw and Metcalfe will play a part.
Foot added: “Pete is going away for 10 days so that will give him plenty of time to fully recover.
“Alex is on the mend and we rested Gary on Tuesday as a precaution.”
Foot has now switched his attentions to Saturday’s meeting with landlords Brid, a game which takes place at Queensgate from 3pm.
He underlined that it will be a chance for the fans to grab the bragging rights and for his players to show their quality.
Foot said: “We are now heading towards August 15, so we will field a strong team with strong subs.
“As it has been in the past between Boro and Brid, it’s all about the bragging rights for the fans.
“It will also give us the chance to show why we are playing our football a division above them.
“It should be a good game of football, which will allow us to introduce our new lads to Queensgate because this will be our first game there this pre-season.
“Hopefully we’ll get a good turn-out of fans as well.”