Mark Bailey is in line for his first AFC Sudbury start if Saturday’s home game with 16th-placed Waltham Forrest (3pm) beats the weather, with Ryan Henshaw set to be sidelined for up to eight weeks.
The Yellows’ injury crisis deepened on Tuesday when Henshaw suffered suspected ankle ligament damage when his studs got caught in the turf 28 minutes into the 6-0 defeat at second-placed Grays Athletic.
With left-back Ashley Sloots facing a three match ban effective after 14 days from Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Potters Bar Town for an alleged stamp, which he denies, it leaves AFC desperately short of defensive options.
But Bailey, a former Port Vale trainee who has been training with the club for the last six weeks and made a handful of reserve appearances, was one of the only bright spots to come out of Tuesday’s heavy defeat after making his debut by replacing Henshaw.
With Sam Clarke, James Smith and Darcy De’ath also long-term injury victims, AFC’s assitant manager Michael Shinn, still out with a niggling knee injury himself, admitted there is little scope to bring a replacement defender in.
“With five to six players out on the wage bill at the club we are honouring contracts and money and it is difficult to go out and get players in,” he said.