Tuffley Rovers forward Warren Mann is facing the prospect of at least a year on the sidelines after being told he will more than likely need surgery on his injured knee.
Mann picked up the injury during Rovers’ 3-1 win at local rivals Longlevens back in September, when an innocuous collision with full back Logan Roach sent him sprawling on the turf.
Speaking to Severn Sport at Tuffley Rovers U18s’ 3-1 win against Bustleholme last night Mann revealed that he had received the results of an MRI scan and surgery is going to be required to repair a torn PCL in his knee.
Mann, who had score two penalties this season for Tuffley, was marked as Rovers’ main man ahead of the 2018/19 season with the confirmation that main striker Shayne Bradley had retired from playing and had been playing through the middle during the opening run of matches this term.
The challenge from Roach that saw the forward go off looked innocuous at the time, with it appearing as if the two were battling to win a bouncing ball as it was going out of play.
Mann was carried off at Saw Mills as his season has now sadly come to an end. Mann is due to meet with the knee specialist and surgeon again before the New Year but may not return to action until the back end of the 2019/20 season.
The news comes ahead of a big two months for Rovers, with 11 games left of 2018. Tuffley are about to enter a crucial part of their season which sees them play five local derbies in that run, including a boxing day home fixture against Lydney Town in the league as well as cup ties with Bourton Rovers and Brimscombe & Thrupp.
They are also set for a run of six home games in a row from 1st December, after trips to Abingdon United and Bishops Cleeve. Before those fixtures Rovers travel to local rivals Fairford Town on Saturday, followed by the visit of Wantage Town to Glevum Park on the 17th November.
Everyone at Severn Sport wishes Warren Mann the very best with his injury and wish him a speedy recovery.