It’s still a case of fingers crossed as the club waits for a specialist to look at striker Ryan Edmondson, who popped his shoulder during the second half at Northampton Town last Tuesday night.
A scan confirmed that a dislocation had occurred when he tumbled awkwardly, with a decision on the course of action to be taken next on the agenda.
“We’re still waiting for him to be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon,” manager Paul Simpson said. “We’re waiting for what I’m told is the top guy for shoulders, but for some reason he’s very busy at the moment.
“Obviously it’s Christmas, so that doesn’t help, but we’re hopeful he’ll get an appointment this week. The scan has shown that he did have a dislocation of the shoulder, and there is some damage there, but we need to see what the surgeon says about what will be done next.”
“He’ll be able to tell us if we’re looking at surgery or not,” he added. “Like I say, at the moment we still don’t know.
“We’re hoping we get an appointment this week to be able to get a full diagnosis of what the next stage of his rehab will be and then we’ll let everybody know.”
Guaranteed to be involved in whatever comes next for the big forward will be new physio Chris Brunskill, who was in the dugout for his first game back with the club on Monday afternoon.
“It was a bit of a baptism of fire for him, coming straight in for a game,” the gaffer told us. “He’s been in for a day just to get a bit of a handover from Ross, and I hope it’s a really positive return for him.
“I know he’s delighted to be here - I hope he’s not as busy as Ross has been this season - but I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I’m hoping we’ve not picked up any injuries from Monday for him to have to deal with, but we do have a couple of bumps and bruises. We’ll get them freshened up, check how they all are and take it from there.”