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TERRAS: Keeper Simon Evans out for season
THE Terras have been dealt another huge blow with the news that Simon Evans has been ruled out for the rest of the season with cruciate ligament damage.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper suffered the injury in a pre-season friendly at Portland United back on July 20 but only received the results of his MRI scan earlier this week.
Weymouth boss Brendon King told Echosport: “Simon has had his results back and he has done his cruciate ligament, which means he will be out for the season.
“We are not having much luck with injuries at the minute and to be honest it’s pretty devastating news.
“Simon worked really hard over the close season. Not only was he seeing the goalkeeping coach on a regular basis but he was also working with a personal trainer and had lost two stone, so this injury has obviously been pretty hard for him to take.
“The one thing I wanted this season was two keepers and a bit of competition but that is out of the window now. All we can do is offer Simon as much support as we can and wish him all the best with his recovery.”
This latest setback follows the news that Kyle Critchell faces months of rehabilitation after undergoing numerous surgeries to remove a life-threatening infection.
Last month the 26-year-old was diagnosed with severe sepsis but is now in a stable condition at Dorset County Hospital where he wants fans to respect his privacy.
King added: “Kyle also worked really hard during the summer. He had just come back from injury and was looking forward to the season ahead, so for that to happen is just shocking and beyond belief – I really feel for the lad big time.”
The Terras have also been without Michael Walker (hernia) and Jamie Symes (groin) so far this season but King is hopeful they are not too far away from returning.
He said: “Michael has been doing some swimming and Jamie has started back running again, so hopefully they will be back soon.
“Jamie has been working hard on his rehabilitation but certainly can’t be rushed, while Michael is still probably two or three weeks away.
“All these injuries have obviously left us light in certain areas and in the meantime we may well have to do some moving around.
“It’s a tough situation but it is what it is and all we can do is work through it the best way we can.”
The Terras return to action on Saturday with a trip to Fareham Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup (3pm).
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