Lewes player-manager Simon Wormull has not broken his ankle, as was initially feared following the injury he picked up during Saturday’s friendly loss to Maidstone United.
But the ligament damage to his foot is still ‘nasty’, according to one Rooks director.
Lewes fans who had travelled to their side’s last pre-season game of the summer feared the worst when their first team leader went down under a challenge in the 3-1 defeat.
But Wormull was taken to hospital where his ankle was examined – and subsequent scans showed no break to the joint.
Board Director Charlie Dobres said: “The scan showed their was no break, which is a relief.
“But it’s still ligament damage, which is nasty.”
Club Secretary Kevin Brook said that Wormull would be having a further scan later on in the week to establish the full extent of the injury.
The injury to Wormull could lead to something of a shortage of midfielders ahead of the season’s start on Saturday, at home to Enfield in the Ryman Premier. Fellow midfielder Aron Hopkinson is also out with an ankle injury, after he suffered a “slight dislocation” while playing five-a-side over the weekend, while Callum Dunne is facing a couple of months’ enforced rest due a knee injury.
Fellow midfielders Jack Walder and Karl Beckford have also suffered injury niggles during pre-season, as has full back Jay Conroy, but they all played on Saturday and all are expected to be fit for the first game of the season.
Meawhile, Anthony Thomas scored an impressive goal in the defeat to Maidstone and may hope to get an offer similar to the ones reported to be given to fellow trialists, Andrew Dalhouse and Lee Cooper, who both impressed in pre-season.
ROOKS team v Maidstone: Thorpe, Conroy (Cooper 55), Breach (Schaafe 55), Robinson, Hamilton, Walder, Wormull (Thomas 46), Beckford, Brinkhurst (Hopkinson 50), Dalhouse (Fergany 50), Crabb.