If nothing else, Eastbourne Borough`s goalkeeper Charlie Horlock will have learned patience this season.
Former Wycombe Wanderers and Hitchin Town man Horlock, signed by manager Tommy Widdrington in the summer after moving to the area, was sidelined for the first two months of the season with a broken hand.
Since then he has impressively earned his spurs in the first-team, as well as proving a real hit with the youngsters whom he coaches at the club’s development centre.
But on Boxing Day, the young keeper damaged his ankle after 20 minutes of the game against Whitehawk – centre-back Brian Dutton taking over in goal.
Widdrington said: “I’ve been watching the video of the game, and it isn’t at all clear how he did it – quite a freak injury. Charlie is a valuable member of our squad, and I know that supporters have really taken to him.”
A visit to Eastbourne DGH on Monday, however, was inconclusive, because the ankle was still too swollen to allow proper examination.
He returns to the hospital on Thursday when, if the swelling is down, he should get a clearer picture of the extent of any damage.