Injury woes continue as Pepe-Ngoma to miss remainder of season and Burgess suffers a break

Herve Pepe-Ngoma.
Herve Pepe-Ngoma.

Boston United’s injury problems have gone from bad to worse with news that Herve Pepe-Ngoma has been ruled out for the rest of the season and Joe Burgess has broken his ankle.

A scan on Pepe-Ngoma’s knee revealed he ruptured his ACL in the 1-1 draw at Stockport County and will be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

Burgess broke his ankle just two minutes into Saturday’s goalless stalemate with Worcester City after appearing to land badly following a headed clearance.

Further bad news is that summer signing Shane Clarle is unlikely to recover from his Achilles problem until at least February, while Grant Roberts and Nat Brown also remain sidelined.

“Herve is out for the seaosn, Clarkey’s out until about February and now Joe’s out for a long time,” sighed manager Dennis Greene.

“You can’t look at the wage bill and go ‘oh we’ve got three out so give me another £1,000 per week’.

“It doesn’t happen, we make do with what we’ve got and it’s tough.

“We’ve got so many people injured. It’s pretty much a whole team which could start is out.

“If you look at the Premier League and a team has two players who are important out they struggle.

“We have eight out, we’re down to the bare bones.”

A silver lining for Boston is that central defender Brown returned to light training before the weekend’s fixture, having been out of action since picking up a thigh injury in pre-season.

“I’m sure he’ll be back in the next month,” Greene added.

“Realistically, he needs a few weeks of training, I’m not sure it’s strong enough yet to even do a complete training session.

“But to get a a training kit on him and get him out there doing something is a step forward.”

Jason St Juste and Courtney Wildin will both return this week after being involved in Caribbean Cup qualifiers.

While neither player was affected by Hurricane Matthew, the contest between St Juste’s St Kitts and Nevis side and Haiti, which was ravaged by the storm, has been postponed.

The Sugar Boyz lost their other fixture 1-0 at French Guiana.

Wildin’s Antigua and Barbuda side lost 3-0 against Curacao last week but beat Puerto Rico 2-0 on Saturday.

The final standings in their three-man group will be determined by Tuesday evening’s meeting between the other two teams.

Boston will also welcome Joe Maguire back from suspension ahead of Saturday’s trip to Salford, which kicks off at 3pm.