SWINDON Supermarine could be without Kyle Lapham for up to three months after it was confirmed the defender has torn his calf muscle.
The former Swindon Town youngster only returned to the Marine side on Saturday due to an injury to Marcus Schuster, but was replaced during the second half of the clash with Wimborne with an injury which is likely to mean an extended spell on the sidelines.
Manager Dave Webb, who also told Link Sport that Lapham is also now considering an operation on his ankle, is frustrated to be without a player who has been a reliable performer for the club for many years.
“We’ve tried not to rush Kyle back too quickly, like we have in the past, but then Marcus got the injury so we had to get him back into the team,” Webb said.
“Kyle thought he was probably ready a week earlier but we managed to give him another week, but he came back in and tore his calf muscle.
“He’s also now considering an operation on his ankle, so he could be out for two to three months which is another major blow because he’s an established player at this level and beyond.”
Meanwhile, Dave Bampton is 50/50 for Saturday’s game with Clevedon with a hip issue while Dan Martin is unlikely to play after taking a boot to the knee on Tuesday night at Cinderford.