WORTHING Football Club midfielder Tom Manton has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a hairline fracture of an ankle.
Manton picked up the injury during Rebels’ friendly win over Worthing United and will now miss the start of the Ryman League Division 1 South season.
Worthing boss Chris White said: “It’s really disappointing as Tom is an important player for us.”
Matt Hurley missed the most recent friendlies with Winchester, which Rebels lost 7-0, and the 1-1 draw at Hassocks after needing five stitches in a head injury, but he will be back for the friendly with Brighton on Wednesday (August 1).
Matt Piper is a doubt for the game but Scott Tipper (dead leg) should be fit.
On the friendly matches, White said: “I was very pleased with the way we played at Hassocks. We created more of the chances and dominated possession.
“They scored out of the blue but we got back into it, controlled the game and Mike Huckett got the equalsier.
“Winchester was an unmitigating disaster from start to finish.
“They are a decent side but we were very flat. We went there for a reason as we were slow to start some away games last season and that’s something which we are trying to rectify. But we were 3-0 down in 15 minutes.
“The pitch was poor and we were missing a number of players but there were no excuses for the way we played, although we got a reaction at Hassocks on Tuesday.”
Rebels’ next friendly is the clash with Brighton, which kicks off at 7.45pm.
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