Injured striker Andy Pugh is to undergo surgery in an attempt to prolong his football career.

Pugh suffered a double leg break playing for Dartford against Colchester in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. He’s spent this week in hospital and got a second opinion from a specialist following the intervention of manager Jamie Coyle.

“The hospital were trying to send him away in a cast,” Coyle said. “I got a specialist to have a look at his x-ray and he stated that it will be a lot better for him in the long run to get a pin and some screws put in. It’s more secure that way than gambling on it fusing together itself.

“The hospital confirmed they will do the operation on the back of the specialist’s recommendation.

“You hear these horror stories where people get put in a cast for eight weeks, it gets re-x-rayed and it hasn’t fused together.

“That’s what the specialist is concerned about and after looking at the x-ray, he said the best thing he can do is get a pin in it and make sure it starts to fuse together now so the recovery process will be a lot shorter.”

Pugh was stretchered off 13 minutes into Saturday’s game after colliding with the Colchester goalkeeper.

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