GARETH Bainbridge has been caught by the injury jinx yet again.
The Ashington CFC player was stretchered off during the first period of extra time during the Colliers’ FA Cup first qualifying round replay against Shildon at Woodhorn Lane last week with a dislocated his shoulder.
The striker, 25, who made his debut for Ashington in the final game at Portland Park against Seaham Red Star in February 2008, said: “My first thought when I went down injured was ‘not again’, because I’ve had ridiculous luck at the club.
“The pain was such that I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”
Bainbridge, who praised the staff at Wansbeck General Hospital, said: “My shoulder is dislocated but it was put back in and there is no break.
“However I’m gutted to be on the sidelines because I love everything about Ashington.
“They are going through a great spell and I wanted to be part of it.”
Bainbridge, pictured, has received a boost with the amount of get well messages via Twitter and text which he says have helped to ease the pain.
And he appreciates the patience shown by bosses Gary Middleton and Neil Winskill.
“I’d like to thank Gary and Neil for persisting with me,” he added.
“I was plagued by injury last season but I worked hard during the summer and I felt as fit as I had done for a couple of years.
“I was flying, scoring ten goals in pre-season and had a good start in the league with five strikes.”
Middleton said: “We’re really gutted for the lad.
“He’s done well as part of the squad, scoring freely this season and has won us games.
“It was an accident but nevertheless a horrible incident and unfortunately Gareth tends to be on the receiving end of these horrific injuries.
“It’s bad luck again for him but he knows he has our full support.”
Ashington CFC chairman Ian Lavery said: “Gareth is someone who gives his all for the club every time, whether he starts or comes on from the bench, and the injury could not have happened to a nicer lad.
“He is held in the highest of esteem by everyone at the club because of his guts, determination and his commitment.”