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Injury crisis remains a pain for Hawks

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BOGNOR hope to add to their squad ahead of tomorrow’s Ryman premier visit of Wealdstone to Nyewood Lane after being hit by more major injury setbacks.

Centre-half Stuart Axten is out for up to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury, Terry Dodd is sidelined for a month after a metatarsal fracture and Steve Harper won’t play for a fortnight because of a hamstring strain.

They were all injured in Saturday’s 4-1 home win over Ilford in the FA Trophy.

Their absence comes on top of long-term injuries which have ruled out winger Ben Johnson and striker Ashley Robinson.

Bognor have re-recruited young Havant wideman Harvey Whyte on loan for a month, while another loanee and a permanent buy are possible before the weekend.

Manager Jamie Howell said: ‘We’ve got Harvey back on a month’s loan, which is excellent news, and we may get in another two – one loan, one permanent.

‘But as we’ve said before, we’re not a club who can afford to go out and replace every player who gets injured.’

Howell will again call on youngsters like Dan Kempson, Doug Tuck and Lewis Stockford to step up to the plate if given a chance to cover for the injured troops.