Barrow AFC ‘have dodged a bullet’ despite new striker Jacob Blyth being sidelined for up to six weeks, report The (North-West Evening) Mail.

The 25-year-old former Northampton Town and Motherwell forward suffered a dislocated shoulder, wrist damage and a bad blow to the head in AFC’s opening pre-season match against the Furness Select on Saturday.

But, while those injuries mean Blyth will miss the rest of pre-season and up to two weeks of the National League campaign, boss Ian Evatt is relieved it was not so much worse.

At the time of the incident, Evatt had feared there was a triple fracture in Blyth’s arm – to the wrist, elbow and shoulder areas – as well as the possibility of a bad concussion.

That led to the match against Furness Select being abandoned with little over half-an-hour played, as the player received treatment on the terracing from medical staff and they awaited the arrival of an ambulance.

Evatt has spoken to Blyth – who was assessed, underwent scans and released from Furness General Hospital on Saturday night – every day since the incident, and said: “I went to visit him in the hospital and I have spoken to him every day since. It was the best news we could hope for in the circumstances really.

“The way his arm was positioned, it looked like it was broken as well, but it was just the way the shoulder had dislocated. It is just the dislocated shoulder and a bit a of concussion to heal.

“It’s four to six weeks out, which isn’t ideal, but it could a hell of a lot worse. It’s not his legs either, so he will be able to play sooner.”

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