Forest Green Rovers forward George Williams could be out of action for up to five months after undergoing surgery today.
The Welshman broke his fibula and did ligament damage in his ankle after a second-minute foul by Oldham Athletic’s Zak Mills on the opening day of the season.
The player had to wait for swelling to go down before receiving surgery but manager Mark Cooper has reported that it has gone well, providing an insight on the length of the predicted absence.
“George Williams had surgery this morning, he’s just come out and they have pinned the bone and repaired all the ligament damage, so they’ve done a good job on it. He is going to be out for five months,” explained Cooper.
“Everything went really well, the surgeon was really happy with it and one of our physios sat through the operation and observed it and we’re pleased with how it has gone.
"Possibly (we could need to bring in a replacement), but we have a few weeks to be able to do that."
Meanwhile, Carl Winchester has recovered from his knee injury sustained against Bath City and could feature against Walsall this weekend after serving his one-match suspension last Saturday, while full-back Liam Shephard could remain sidelined as he continues his return from knee surgery at the beginning of the summer.
"Carl Winchester is fine and is ready to be involved. Liam Shephard is maybe next Saturday for him,” added Cooper.
“There is a big temptation to play Carl Winchester because he is one of our better players and was brilliant last year.
“He was wrongly sent off in the play-off semi-final and is the only player I know to be sent off for not making a tackle, so temptation to put him back in is very strong.”