Boston Town midfielder James Petronzio suffered a broken leg on Saturday - just one week after signing for the Poachers.
However, manager Nathan Collins says the 22-year-old still has a big part to play at the DWB Stadium this campaign.
Petronzio, a former Grimsby Borough player, was taken to Pilgrim Hospital on Saturday after picking up the injury in the first-half of the pre-season friendly with Lincoln United.
“It was an accident,” Collins told The Standard.
“But it’s a nightmare for him. He’s just signed for us and he was looking forward to the new season.”
Petronzio was told that he will have his leg in pot for the next six weeks, and he is expected to be out of action for three months.
“He’s still a big part of my plans,” added Collins (pictured).
“James is a very positive person and I’m sure he’ll be back as soon as he can.
“As long as there are no complications, we will be missing him for about the first two months of the season.
“But James will still have a big part to play for us this season and I’m sure he’ll be concentrating on getting fit.
“He loves his football and he’ll want to be back.”
Matt Kennedy scored as the Poachers and Lincoln played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
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