Dennis Greene fears that Boston United winger Kaine Felix may not be back to his full flowing best until next year.
The young wideman caused opposing defenders continual problems last season with his electric pace and willingness to take on his markers.
It was hoped that this campaign would see Felix (pictured) take his talents to a new level, but instead he has only featured in four league matches due to an ankle injury picked up against Solihull in August, a setback which has also seen him forced to decline an offer to link up with the England C squad.
United have since received the results of an MRI scan which says Felix is clear of injury. However, manager Greene fears that it will take time for the ex-St Neots player, and fellow winger Jay Rollins, who has also sustained a long-term ankle injury, to return to full match fitness.
“They’ve been out for so long now that they need a bit more work training wise,” Greene said.
“If they go straight back onto the pitch they’re going to be way off the level.
“We’re just going to have to get two or three weeks training into them.
“Kaine’s been out for three months and they’re going to be off it.”
Ahead of last night’s clash with Harrogate, Felix has made just one appearance, from the bench, in 11 contests while Rollins had missed the previous six games after getting injured at Gainsborough.
Discussing Felix’s MRI scan, Greene welcomed the news that his player is now fit to train. However, he has warned fans not to expect him to be making the starting XI too soon, even if he could still have some kind of impact for the team.
“He’s now had it and we just need to get him back and match fit,” Greene added.
“It might take him three months to get up to speed.
“You might not see the best of Kaine Felix maybe until February or March next year.
“He’s starting his pre-season now, but he might give us 20 minutes from the bench when games are stretched.”