Out for five weeks or 10 months? Boston United face nervous wait over Pepe-Ngoma scan

Herve Pepe-Ngoma.
Herve Pepe-Ngoma.

Boston United face a nervous wait to see how long Herve Pepe-Ngoma will be sidelined.

The German midfielder is on crutches and sporting a knee brace after picking up an injury in the 1-1 draw at Stockport County.

Courtney Wildin.

Courtney Wildin.

But Dennis Greene says that, until the swelling has gone down on the player’s right knee, it is unclear whether the summer signing will be out of action for a few weeks or the rest of the season.

“We won’t know until he has an MRI scan,” Greene said.

“If it shows ACL ligament damage he could be out for nine or 10 months.

“Medial ligament damage could put him out for five weeks.”

Fellow midfielder Grant Roberts left hospital on Monday after 16 days of having fluid drained from his knee.

The duo will join Nat Brown and Shane Clarke on the injury list ahead of Saturday’s visit to Altrincham (KO 3pm), but Joe Burgess is believed to be available for selection again.

Teenage midfielder Jack McMillan has returned to Notts County after completing his loan spell while Ipswich Town youngster Joe Robinson’s spell with Boston will be up after the weekend.

Despite the Robins sitting second bottom of the National League North, Dennis Greene says that his side - currently unbeaten in four contests - will face a tough time.

“They’ve started poorly but you’d like to think they’re going to get four or five players in before we play them,” Greene said, expecting the opposition to strengthen.

“They’ll get some bodies in this week and should be much more competitive as they’ve been playing with players out of position.”

United defender Courtney Wildin and teammate Jason St Juste have been called up for international duty.

Wildin will represent Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean Cup qualifiers against Curacao and Puerton Rico while St Juste’s St Kitts and Nevis will face Haiti and French Guiana.

Both will miss the home match against Worcester City on October 8.