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GILLING­HAM boss Martin Allen is still com­ing to terms with the fact right-back Matt Fish could be out for a year with a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

Fish, who made 44 league ap­pear­ances last sea­son as the Pri­est­field out­fit won League Two, rup­tured his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in the first five min­utes of their open­ing match of the sea­son against Colch­ester.

“He’ll be out for quite a long time and it is a blow to ev­ery­body,” said Allen.

“He has been a fan­tas­tic player since I have been here and it’s quite up­set­ting. We will do ev­ery­thing we can to get him through it.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it from the scan. There are no other com­pli­ca­tions so it doesn’t need any other op­er­a­tions.

“It is a clean rup­ture and now he has to go and see a con­sul­tant.

“It could be six to 12 months, I’m not sure. He will re­cover and hope­fully he will be back play­ing for us be­fore the end of the sea­son.”

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