Brig star has damaged knee ligaments

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Bamber Bridge have got to the root of star winger Ally Waddedar’s injury problem.

BAMBER Bridge have got to the root of star winger Ally Waddedar’s injury problem.

The talismanic figure has been sidelined for more than a month with a mystery knee injury.

But after being examined by Preston North End’s physio Matt Jackson this week, Waddecar has been informed that he has suffered medial ligament damage.

Fortunately, he does not require surgery but the injury could keep him on the sidelines for up to three months in worst case scenario, although he could be back within weeks depending on how much rehabilitation work he undergoes.

“He doesn’t need an operation – I think he’s just badly strained it,” said Brig boss Neil Crowe.

“Ally will have been out for six weeks this Saturday and he’s never been injured before in five years at the club – we’ve missed him.”

Jackson – together with club physio Neil Coomber – has designed a rehabilitation programme for Waddecar.

Meanwhile, Crowe revealed Waddecar is the only player unavailable to him for this weekend’s home match against Ossett Albion in the NPL First Division North at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Leading goalscorer Brett Ormerod returns to the squad after missing last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to National League North outfit Brackley Town.

Crowe is keen to see his side build some momentum in the league after being hindered by their varying cup commitments.

Currently below mid-table, Brig have a number of games in hand and will be looking to claw back some ground on the teams above them.

“We are looking to try to put a run together in the league and close the gap,” Crowe said.

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor has fired a timely warning prior to tomorrow’s National League North clash at home to Stalybridge Celtic. He is demanding that the team maintain the type of standards that have seen them rise to the summit of the table.

Challinor, whose side are at Millwall in the first round of the FA Cup tomorrow week, said: “The players know the situation. If they don’t perform to standard then they won’t be in the team and they will be watching the match against Millwall like me - as a spectator.”

“As far as I am concerned, Stalybridge is our most important match this season.

“Winning our home games is particularly important at this stage of the season because will be soon be making tough trips away on a Tuesday night.”

The players know too that there is so much at stake tomorrow, good performances all round will go a long way towards booking a prized appearance in the FA Cup against high-calibre Football League opposition.

Stalybridge are managed by Liam Watson, the erstwhile Southport and Telford boss, and Challinor knows what kind of opposition they will encounter at Kellamargh Park tomorrow.

He said: “They will play a similar style as Barrow (in the FA Cup)

“They will be direct and we can expect long throw-ins to the area and they will try and test us at set-pieces.

“We will have to adapt to the way they play, but I am not too bothered about what they do, but on how we perform.”

Sam Finley will again be an absentee tomorrow as he completes the final match of a three-game suspension.

Brad Barnes is having treatment on a neck problem, but he could well figure.

Josh Langley is getting ever closer to a probable return as he steps up training following a foot injury.In the National League, Southport host Aldershot.