CHORLEY FC manager Garry Flitcroft has lifted the lid on the disappointment of losing two of his key players to injury, just as the promotion race heats up.
The ex-Blackburn Rovers ace believes that midfield dynamo Dale Whitham and defender Tom Walker will be out of action for the rest of the season, while midfielder Tom Williams could make a return.
He said: “Dale is going to be out for a couple of months with the cartilage operation that he needed.
“Tom (Walker) is also not likely to be back for us this season.
“I think Tom (Williams) could return in the next couple of weeks.
“It is really unfortunate that we had to release five or six players throughout the season, with the money situation that we are in, by cutting the budget.
“Dale is such an important player to us, and we will miss his drive forward in midfield.
“We cannot afford to bring anyone new into the club, apart from someone wanting to sponsor them.
“It is so frustrating that we are getting to the business end of the season, when we could be bringing in a few new faces but cannot do that.
“However, I have a squad of 15 players, and I am confident that they can get us promotion, which is our target.”
Flitcroft says it was disappointing that the Magpies could not play their clash with Chester on Saturday.
“We are on a good run, and I think that it was a chance missed to get all three points against them.
“We also could have done with the revenue.”
Chorley travel to Worksop in the league on Saturday, and Flitcroft says they will not be taking anything for granted.
“They are a good side, and have a few lively strikers who will keep us busy.
“There are no easy games in this league, but the good thing is that they play on a decent surface, which will suit us.”
Flitcroft has been impressed by one of his latest signings.
He said: “Matt Walwyn has a great football brain, and scored a few goals so far. I hope that he continues to create chances, and get on the scoresheet when we need it this season.”