Jamie Griffiths, Long Melford’s leading scorer for the past two seasons, will be out action until early in the new year after an MRI scan revealed cruciate ligament damage.
Griffiths, injured in a pre-season game against Brightlingsea Regent, has now joined manager Jules Mumford in the dugout while he waits for surgery.
“I’ve completely torn my ACL,” said Griffiths. “It’s the worst injury I’ve ever had.
“It happened in the first pre-season friendly. I twisted one way and I heard a really loud crack.I just hoped I hadn’t torn my ACL, but unfortunately that’s what’s happened.
“Jules has asked me to be involved in the dugout and dressing room while I’m out, so I’ll be helping out in any way that I can.
“I’m now waiting to have surgery, and then I’m hoping to get on well in rehab and be back playing as soon as I can.”
Mumford has not targeted a replacement. “I am always looking to improve the squad, and Jamie will be a big miss. But the boys have stepped up to the plate and we are scoring goals,” he said.