Byrne joins crocked list at Moss Rose
MACCLESFIELD Town have been dealt a major blow after it was confirmed that defender Neil Byrne suffered a fractured fibula during his team’s 4-1 win over Forest Green earlier this month.
The 22-year-old had previously played in every game for the Silkmen this season, but now looks to be out of action for around eight weeks.
It gives manager John Askey a defensive problem for the foreseeable future, and he is gutted for the youngster.
“It is such a shame for him and the team because he has got better with every game this season,” he said.
“Against Forest Green was probably his best game so far and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”
Byrne joins the likes of Paul Turnbull and Theo Bailey-Jones as Macclesfield players that have been ruled out of action for a number of weeks.
It isn’t all doom and gloom though, as one player that has been in prolific form recently is Paul Lewis, after he netted twice in recent games.
Askey has been impressed with the midfielder so far this season, and believes his best is still yet to come.
“Paul is only going to get better with the more games he gets and he’s always good for a goal especially with his head, he’s a danger,” he said.
“We were lucky Paul got the goal for us against Barrow last week, it seemed to get us going and we looked like we was going to get something out of the game.”
●● John Askey