McGlen set to be 
out until January

Ashington CFC’s former Gateshead and Carlisle defender Lance McGlen faces an operation which is likely to sideline him until after the new year.

McGlen, who has already been out for two months after being substituted in the 1-1 draw at Guisborough, has had his injury diagnosed by a specialist as ‘Gilmore’s Groin’ which requires an op.

The 19-year-old fitter who blasts pots and sprays machines, joined the Woodhorn Lane outfit in the close season from the Tynesiders and had been in outstanding form, but this is a blow which he never visualised.

“I’m not quite sure when it happened but something snapped in my groin,” he said at the weekend as he watched his team mates beat Durham City. “Apparently it’s a common injury and happens quite regularly to people who play football but now I’m just waiting to get the go ahead for the operation.”

McGlen who was a YTS at Carlisle for two years before moving onto Gateshead then Wansbeck, admits to being a bad watcher but has never been out of action for such a long period: “I’d rather be out on the pitch as I don’t particularly like watching but at the moment I’ve just got to grin and bear it,” he said.

“I’ve had strains before and been out for six weeks with a pull but nothing like this. I can jog but turning or striking a ball makes me pull up straight away and it’s frustrating. I’m hoping to have the op as soon as possible but I reckon I’m going to be out until the middle of January. Ashington are a great club and I’d been enjoying my football until this setback.”

Colliers boss Gary Middleton said: “Lance was outstanding at the start of the season and being out over such a long period, he has been a massive miss. We just want him back into the fold as quickly as possible.”