HASTINGS United manager George Wakeling fears Stuart Myall may be out for the rest of the season after it was revealed the midfielder needs an operation on a persistent knee injury.
Myall has already missed a large chunk of the season after picking up the injury in October and Wakeling is fearing the worst:
"I think he will be out for the season", he said. "It looks like he needs an operation which he will probably have in the new year, so I don't expect him back for the rest of this season."
Myall was thought to be on the road to recovery after making a comeback last month, but the injury has not improved as had been hoped.
Hastings' Boxing Day home match against Havant & Waterlooville was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.