Eastbourne Borough have been dealt another blow in their battle against the drop, with the news that central defender Matt Langston is set to miss the remainder of the season.
The 29-year-old, who has not played since limping out of the defeat at AFC Wimbledon on December 28, has been sidelined with a knee cartilage problem.
And boss Garry Wilson admits he is unlikely to see Langston in a Boro’ shirt during the Blue Square Bet Premier run-in.
He said, “It’s looking like he’s out for the rest of the season. It’s a major blow, he was one of our major summer signings and a top player for us.
“He got a second opinion on his knee cartilage and it looks like he won’t play again this season. Matt was our big signing of the summer, he was gaining strength and playing well.”
Langston joined the club in June after four years with tomorrow’s opponents Histon and having only signed a one-year deal there is some doubt as to whether Sports fans will see the defender in action at Priory Lane again.
Without him, Eddie Hutchinson is set to continue at centre-half alongside Gary Elphick.
Ben Austin and Ethan Strevett could also return to the side, while Richard Pacquette, who appeared as a substitute against Darlington last weekend, is in line for a start.
Wilson has urged his players not to expect any favours from fellow-strugglers Histon, who sit four points and two places above Boro’ in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Boro’ have lost their last 11 matches in the league and have not picked up a win in more than four months.
He said, “It has been now or never for the last 10 weeks, we need to be back on track as soon as possible.
“We know it’s not an easy game, they’ve picked up some good results, they went to Altrincham and beat them in midweek.
“We looked at Darlington (for a win), we look at every game, we’re just looking for the result.
“I’ve told the players about getting it into their heads that Histon is not going to be easy, their results show that.
“They are very well organised, David Livermore, their manager, is playing for them now and they’ve got a good front two in Antonio Murray and Omer Riza.”
But Wilson says his players have benefited from a week without a match.
“It’s a big bonus,” he said. “We’ve been able to get into a rhythm this week.
“We trained on Tuesday and Thursday and four guys played for the reserves on Wednesday. The spirit is still good.”
Meanwhile Boro’ striker Andy Atkin has joined Sussex County League division two side Bexhill United on loan until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old has struggled for fitness this season and recently took a new job which has prevented him from attending midweek training with the Sports.
Reserve goalkeeper Seb Barton has signed for Hastings United.