21 August 2012

Adelsbury faces absence with ankle injury

Article by Rhod Mitchell

Truro City are set to be without new midfielder Ben Adelsbury for tonight's Blue Square Bet South home opener against Havant & Waterlooville at Treyew Road.

The former Swansea City and Plymouth Argyle playmaker suffered a knee injury during City's 2-1 opening-day defeat at Billericay Town.

Player-manager Lee Hodges said: "Ben caught his studs as he turned and you could see it hurt. I am anticipating he will be out for at least two weeks, maybe longer. We will have to see how the knee settles down and then take it from there."

Hodges – who completes a two-match suspension along with assistant manager Dave Newton after tonight's game – is hoping that experienced forwards Andy Watkins (groin) and Stewart Yetton (hamstring) will pass fit for selection.

The Truro boss said: "I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Watto and Yettsy pass fit because we were down to bare bones last Saturday.

"It was frustrating on Saturday because, had they been in the team, I think they would have made a big difference."

Hodges still praised the front men he used in Essex. He said: "Les Afful was outstanding. He created numerous chances and really showed what he's all about, and should have come away with a goal.

"Kieffer Moore did a great job up front on his debut, got into some great positions but also missed some chances. It is to be expected because, this is his first taste of football at this level. He's raw but got a lot going for him and I think the fans will really take to him.

"Although we lost on Saturday, it was definitely a game we should – and could – have won. It was one of those games when you know you are going to regret not coming away with at least a point. That was the least we deserved.

"It was also a game where I looked around the field and, although we made some defensive errors and missed some golden opportunites, I could not fault anyone for their effort".

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