Matlock Town’s season has suffered a huge blow with the news that influential defender David Haggerty will miss the rest of the campaign.
Haggerty was stretchered off after 65 minutes of the defeat at home to Stafford on Saturday with a facial injury, later diagnosed at Chesterfield Royal Hospital as being two broken bones under an eye after a collision with Rangers goalkeeper Andrew Jones.
Matlock boss Mark Atkins later confirmed that Haggerty’s season is over.
He said: “He’ll be out for eight weeks so that’s it for this season and it’s a massive blow because he’s been absolutely fantastic for us.
“Okay, we lost the game to Stafford but the main point is Dave’s injury and we’ve been terribly unlucky to get two similar injuries to two great defenders this season with Adam Yates being out for a spell.
“His attitude and commitment have been tremendous as I’m sure the fans have acknowledged that.
“The important thing now is that he gets himself right, not only for the club and next season, but for himself as well.”
Oscar Radford, who has missed the last two matches, will undergo a fitness check but Atkins is trying to add to his now depleted, small squad.
“I tried to bring a young lad in after Saturday but he got injured on Monday,” Atkins added.
“Budgetary considerations also come into it with the two injured lads being on contract.
“However we’ll battle on through and we’ll strengthen if we can.”