Horsham’s Ryan Woodford is targeting a return to action by February 2013 after his injury jinx struck again.
After enduring lengthy spells on the sidelines with a broken foot and then a prolapsed disc in his back, Woodford’s Horsham return from spells in Australia and Winchester lasted just two matches before he suffered a partial rupture to his Achilles tendon.
Woodford sustained the injury against Dulwich Hamlet two weeks ago, in the same tackle which saw him dismissed. And only after braving a trip to the hospital did he discover the extent of the injury.
“I can’t even put into words how frustrating it is,” he said.
“I could not believe it had happened. I waited three days to go to the hospital because I did not want to believe something was wrong.
“Nobody wants to be out over Christmas, we have a couple of big games coming up, with Boxing Day (Worthing) and New Year’s Day (Crawley Down Gatwick).”
The injury does not need surgery, and Woodford, a personal trainer, will be working hard in the gym and the pool to speed up his recovery time.
“It’s disappointing for Simon (Colbran, manager), the fans and myself,” Woodford added.
“The prognosis was for two months, but I have a feeling I will be back in early February. Hopefully I will be on the road to recovery as soon as possible.”
Although the former Worthing man had only featured in two games this season after linking up with his ex-manager, he saw enough to be certain the Hornets are heading in the right direction.
“As far as I am concerned we could be looking at the play-offs,” he added. “Simon is a quality manager, tactically he is superb and he and (assistant) Gary Charman are a good combination.”