An influential Bexhill United footballer is expected to miss the remainder of the season through injury.
Nathan Lopez dislocated his knee during a friendly against Westfield on March 19 and now looks like being out for longer than was forecast last week.
Bexhill manager Ryan Light said: “He swelled up to a point where they (medical staff) weren’t happy with it.
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“He had an emergency MRI scan and they think the ligaments were all fine, but he might have cracked a bone, which didn’t show up in the original tests. He will be out for the rest of the season.”
Attacking full-back Lopez has been a consistently impressive performer for a Bexhill side sitting third in Southern Combination League Division One.
“It’s a shame for him because he’s had such a great season,” added Light. “It’s his first season playing left-back and I’ve not seen a better left-back in any game all season.
“At the start of the season he wasn’t in the side and Seaford put a seven-day letter in for him. We put him in at left-back and he’s just been phenomenal. Whether it’s to pass, dribble or cross, he always makes the right decision.”
Southern Combination League Division One top half standings (played-points): 1 Alfold 27-65 (+46 goal difference), 2 Steyning Town 27-64 (+42), 3 BEXHILL UNITED 27-62 (+61), 4 AFC Varndeanians 26-55 (+31), 5 Selsey 28-54 (+28), 6 Littlehampton Town 27-41 (+4), 7 Hailsham Town 28-39 (+7), 8 Wick 27-36 (-13), 9 Sidlesham 28-34 (-13).