ASHINGTON CFC’s Jonny Godsmark has vowed to return as good as ever – but it could be Christmas before Colliers supporters see him back in action.
The striker was carried off in his side’s first friendly of the season against Heaton Stannington where he was later diagnosed with a fracture to the tibia and his leg put into a cast.
And although feeling much better and believing he is making progress, Godsmark revealed that he could be sidelined until Christmas.
The 22-year-old, recalling the incident, said: “I did hear a crack but was pretty sure that it was my shin pad.
“I was in a lot of pain but it eased a few minutes later and I thought it was maybe not a break.
“Leanne Symonds, the club’s physio, along with a number of the lads, advised me to go to hospital and get the injury checked out, which I did, and X-rays showed a fracture of the tibia.
“As my leg had swollen so much, they put a light cast on and a couple of days later when I returned to Wansbeck General Hospital, they put a proper one on.
“They told me this will be on for six weeks and it is non-weight bearing.
“The doctor said at the level I play at, I could be out for a maximum of six months depending on how I heal.”
But Godsmark, an apprentice engineer, has vowed to return to the Woodhorn Lane line-up.
“I have had injuries before and no doubt will in the future, but this is a setback,” he said.
“Unfortunate injuries happen all the time and on this occasion it has happened to me – but I’ll be back.”
Godsmark was looking to complete a good pre-season programme prior to Ashington’s first game – the FA Cup extra preliminary round against Sunderland RCA on August 11.
“Since reporting back a couple of weeks ago for pre-season training, and even for the first hour at Heaton Stannington, I felt in good shape and the hamstring which caused me trouble last season was fine,” he added.
“In the past few days I have been feeling much better and believe I am making progress, but it’s really a case of taking things day by day.
“I have got to rest and once the cast comes off then the rehabilitation programme will begin.”
As soon as Godsmark is well enough, he fully intends to watch his team-mates in their forthcoming matches.
He is also grateful to the support and best wishes he has been receiving on various social network sites.
“I’d like to thank everyone – the players, fans and managers – who have sent messages of good luck and best wishes on websites, Twitter and Facebook, which have given me a tremendous boost,” he said.
Meanwhile, three goals in the final quarter hour gave Ashington a 5-1 victory over Morpeth Town last Friday night – in a match switched from a waterlogged Craik Park to the 3G artificial surface at the Lightfoot Stadium in Walker.
Mark O’Dea scored the goal of the game with a stunning 25 yarder for the Colliers, whose other marksmen were Gareth Bainbridge, Marc Walton (2) and James Taylor.
Michael Chilton had netted an equaliser for Morpeth during the first half.