Slimbridge injury crisis worsens with duo out for the season

Slimbridge’s lengthy injury list isn’t showing any signs of shortening after it was confirmed that both Tom Hoskins & Alex Hoyle will miss the remainder of the season.

Speaking to club secretary Colin Gay, he revealed that it had been confirmed in the last 24 hours that central defender Hoskins has dislodged a plate in his face that was installed after his horrific injury in the summer.

In the match report from Slimbridge’s website of the 8-0 defeat at Swindon Supermarine on Tuesday reads “Tom Hoskins picked up a knock to the same side of the face that he injured in pre-season late in the half but was able to carry on after treatment…On the stoke of half time Hoskins ran the ball into the opposing half before being robbed by Jon Else, and then collapsed suffering the after effects of his previous knock.  After a lengthy stoppage he was stretchered from the field to be replaced by Sean Lawson.”

Gay also confirmed that Hoyle, who broke his foot in the 2-0 defeat at home to Mangotsfield last month, would also miss the remainder of the campaign.

On the field Slimbridge are falling nearer to the bottom two and find themselves now only 2 points ahead of Barnstaple Town, who they host at Thornhill Park on Saturday.

Hoskins and Hoyle join Jack Twyman (amongst others) who are on the treatment table for the rest of the season. Slimbridge were also without Adam Mace for Tuesday’s game but it is unclear as to when he should make his return to first team action.

Lee Smith and Liam Gale both played for the Swans on Tuesday as part of their dual registrations but it is more than likely both will be unavailable for the big game against Barnstaple at the weekend. Slimbridge will have Kieran Squires available to deputise in the back four but Freddy Ward’s threadbare squad is going to be spread even thinner in the coming weeks.

As mentioned Slimbridge host Barnstaple Town in the Southern League West on Saturday at Thornhill Park. Kick off 15:00