Bamber Bridge have been dealt a huge blow with the news that captain Matt Lawlor faces a long spell on the sidelines.

The Brig skipper has been out injured since the middle of last month after suffering a nasty eye injury during the 1-0 victory over Ossett Albion at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

It appeared the central defender was making a good recovery as the swelling in his face began to decrease. However, a scan last week showed that he has suffered a fractured eye socket and he immediately underwent an operation to insert a metal plate into his face.

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