Robins’ Long faces surgery
CHELTENHAM Town full-back Sean Long is likely to need minor surgery to solve an ongoing problem with his ankle, writes Jon Palmer.
The injury, picked up during the pre-season at Cirencester Town in July, has restricted the summer signing from Lincoln City to just 45 competitive minutes this term.
The 23-year-old Irishman completed the first half of last week’s 6-2 Checkatrade Trophy group stage victory over Arsenal Under-21s, setting up the Robins’ second goal for Will Boyle with a fine cross from the right.
He has since suffered an adverse reaction and now faces surgery.
Robins manager Michael Duff said: “Longy’s had a knock back. He’ll be seeing a specialist in the next couple of days and it looks like he may need minor surgery.
“He played for 45 minutes and did well, but his body didn’t like it. We’re not sure of the exact timeline, but it’ll be a couple of months at least so it’s disappointing, but we have to get him right.”
Ryan Broom played at right wing-back in last Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Mansfield Town, with Jordon Forster on the right of the back three, while Craig Alcock provides another option for Duff in Long’s position.
Cheltenham play National League Ebbsfleet away in the first round of the FA Cup tomorrow.