Injured duo could be out for up to a month

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AFC Sudbury have signed FA Vase finalist Steve Spriggs, but could be without key players Michael Shinn and Ross Watson for up to four weeks.

While King’s Lynn Town winger Spriggs, who is initially on a short-term deal, put in a sparkling debut performance in Tuesday’s 3-0 win, defender Watson, who also joined from the Linnets, hobbled off just before half-time with a groin injury.

It added to manager David Batch’s injury problems with the influential Shinn having suffered medial ligament knee damage during Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

“It is probably a little bit better than we thought but saying that we still don’t know and we are going for four weeks,” said Batch.

“He is a good player so he will be a miss, he keeps the ball well and off-the-ball I think he has done really well this season.”

He added: “Obviously Ross Watson came off before half-time with a groin problem, which is a shame and he is a big doubt.”

As the Free Press went to the printers, AFC were still waiting on the outcome of yesterday’s FA hearing into the abandoned tie involving Sleaford Town and Huntingdon Town to discover their FA Cup second qualifying round opponents for Saturday (see www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk today), with Sleaford having led 2-1 with three minutes to go when a brawl broke out.

“We are playing Saturday as far as we are concerned, we are going to Sleaford and we know where we are stopping for a pre-match meal, it has all been planned and organised,” he said. “If that changes, it changes. If we play Huntingdon it is closer, so it is easier.”

With fears Watson could also be out for four weeks, the Yellows boss said he is not yet looking to move anyone on after Spriggs’ arrival.

But he is delighted to have added King’s Lynn’s top scorer from last season to his squad.

Of the player, who is cup-tied for Saturday, he said: “When we got to the Vase final at Wroxham (2010) he was one of our key players.

“He hasn’t been playing 90 minutes every week so it is good for him and us and it suits King’s Lynn — we will see how it goes.”

Tuesday’s win saw AFC move up to eighth, two points from the play-offs, with Batch feeling they should have taken all three points Saturday.

If there is no FA Cup replay, AFC will travel to second-bottom Brentwood Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).