HORSHAM skipper Ben Andrews says he is hopeful he will be involved in Saturday’s crucial match with Hastings.
The towering centre back has missed the last 11 games for the Hornets following a serious knee injury against Margate, but he could be in line for a shock return to the side this weekend having been told he could miss the rest of the season.
Andrews said: “The view from the consultant was that I would struggle to be back for the end of the season but that it was basically down to when the pain had gone.
“I did a bit before the Lowestoft game and didn’t get any reaction and on Saturday at Cray I joined in with the full warm up and haven’t had any reaction. I’ve also been at the gym a lot this week and not suffered any pain so it’s all very positive.”
A scan revealed a grade two tear in his medial ligament which usually means no exercise for eight to ten weeks, but having suffered no adverse reaction this week Andrews may be ready to answer the call.
He said: “I’ll just have to see how it feels on the day, see what Andy the physio and (Manager) John think.
“I would be very surprised if I start on Saturday to be honest, I was on crutches for a week and I’m lacking match fitness but it would be great to play a part.
“I’m desperate to get back and obviously it’s a massive game for us. It’s been very frustrating watching from the side lines and although I’m in the changing room every game it’s not the same when you’re not playing and I’ve really missed it.”
Boss Maggs hopes to choose from a full strength side if Andrews can prove his fitness, and will play winger Gary Charman at centre back for a third successive game.
Alan Mansfield, Jamie Cade and Ashley Robinson return to the squad after missing out in midweek, for what the manager is calling a massive game.
“There is only one point between us, there is the Sussex rivalry, and a lot of players on both teams have played for either side,” Maggs said. “It is a massive game for both sides.
“I have had two very impressive performances from Gary Charman at centre back and I will continue with that.”