Nile Ranger’s season has come to premature end following scan results on a groin injury sustained against Salford City last weekend.
Ranger was making his first appearance on his return to the club having spent over two months working on his fitness and impressing in training to earn himself a contract.
But the striker is unlikely to return before the end of the 2020/21 season with his groin injury worst than was initially first feared.
“Unfortunately we won’t see Nile again this season which is a bitter disappointment to ourselves,” Molesley confirmed.
“He’s overstretched his groin and he’s almost fallen off the edge of our pitch as well.
“It’s an occupational hazard and in football sometimes you get injured.
“Nile has been out for a long time and probably had more potential to get injured than a lot of our other players but that was why we didn’t just throw him in after three years of being out.
“He had been working really hard behind the scenes with us and selfishly I’m bitterly disappointed for myself, but I’m also bitterly disappointed for Nile because I know how hard he’s worked to get in a physical state to be back on that pitch again.”
Molesley added: “This wasn’t a last gasp desperate throw of the dice from us.
“This has been a calculated move from us and he’s been working hard behind the scenes to earn the right to get a chance to even train with the group and then again to get on the pitch. That was through hard work and determination.
“Unfortunately, a slight slip has put paid to that but I’m hoping that’s not the last we see of Nile.
“If he continues to show the right attitude I’m sure he will come back even hungrier and better for the tough time he’s going through now.”
We wish Nile a speedy recovery from his injury.