Hastings strike ace requires operation

Hastings United's leading scorer Billy Medlock requires an operation on his injured ankle. Picture courtesy Scott White
Hastings United's leading scorer Billy Medlock requires an operation on his injured ankle. Picture courtesy Scott White
  • Hastings United forward requires operation on injured ankle
  • Medlock needs ligament to be reconstructed
  • 24-year-old likely to be out for months rather than weeks
  • Medlock hit 28 goals for United this season
  • Haul includes five-goal blast against Peacehaven & Telscombe

Hastings United Football Club striker Billy Medlock requires an operation on his injured ankle.

As reported by www.hastingsunitedfc.co.uk, it has now been confirmed that Medlock has suffered a rupture of his anterior talofibular ligament.

The ligament needs reconstructing as a consequence, but an operation cannot be undertaken yet due to the excessive swelling and tenderness of his foot.

It is impossible to predict at this stage when Medlock will return to action, although the recovery time from an operation such as the one he requires is likely to be months rather than weeks.

Medlock sustained the injury during United’s 4-2 win at home to Molesey on Saturday April 9, a match in which he had scored twice.

The 24-year-old netted 28 goals in 40 appearances for the U’s after signing for the club in September - the highest by any Hastings player in a season since Terry White in 1999/2000.

His tally includes a five-goal blast against Peacehaven & Telscombe on Easter Monday when he became only the second Hastings player to score five goals in a game since the 1960s.

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