Tony Joyce faces a striking headache ahead of the new season after Aylesbury United’s 45-goal striker Stacey Field was ruled out for six weeks.
The Ducks managed to retain the services of their key man for the 20134/14 Southern League campaign but the club revealed on Wednesday morning that he will miss the start of the season with a torn ankle ligament.
The injury happened in the Ducks’ 1-0 defeat at AFC Kempston Rovers in their first pre-season match.
The fleet footed forward took an innocuous tumble and has been out ever since.
His absence was felt in the rest of that match and subsequent defeat to Leverstock Green.
But United’s profligacy was shortlived and they didn’t miss Field in a 5-1 romp over Winslow United on Tuesday night.
Joyce may have a ready made replacement lined up, though, after triallist Jeff Mitchell scored a brace and impressed with his all-round game at Winslow.
However, Field’s injury is undoubtedly a blow to United’s preparations for their first season back in the Calor Gas Southern League and comes on the back of further bad news about key defender John Mulholland’s season-ending cruciate ligament injury John Mulholland’s season-ending cruciate ligament injury.
With Feild’s fellow striker Louis Austin also looking set to be ruled out with a knee injury and Lee Bircham in rehabilitation from last season’s double leg break, there may be further additions needed before the big kick-off on August 17.