Gloucester City have suffered a major injury setback days before their first game of football for a month, the club confirmed on Wednesday evening.
Centre half Spencer Hamilton has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2019/20 season after scans revealed that an injury, that has kept him out of action since limping off against Southport on 25th January, is worse than first feared.
The club confirmed that the scans showed that Hamilton has a fracture to the top of his tibia and will be out for the rest of the National League North campaign.
The news comes ahead of the Tigers’ trip to Kettering Town on Saturday, which would be City’s first fixture since their 2-1 win away at Bradford Park Avenue on 8th February.
Due to the postponements and bad weather, City now face a number of Monday night matches as the non-league calendar is adjusted to fit in the games.
Ahead of the weekend manager James Rowe spoke of his frustration, but believes the upcoming run of plenty of matches will see his side build some momentum.
“It’s always a bit of frustration when you’re not involved in a game, because we all want to play games.
Carrying on the momentum from our deserved win against Bradford hasn’t been possible, which naturally adds to the frustration as we wanted to build on that result,” said Rowe.
“But to now have a number of Saturday matches followed up by Monday games for almost the remainder of the season, it will bring challenges – but we will be as prepared as possible and as ready as we can be,” Rowe added.
After Saturday’s fixture with Kettering Town, City have a run of three home games in a row – with Monday night fixtures against Farsley Celtic and Kings Lynn Town either side of next Saturday’s fixture with Blyth Spartans.
City are offering fans the chance to purchase tickets for the three Monday night fixtures scheduled for March – which you can find here.
Gloucester City travel to Kettering Town in the National League North this weekend, kick off 15:00