St Ives suffer striker setback

Dubi Ogbonna celebrates his opening goal in St Ives Town's victory against Slough. Picture: LOUISE T

Dubi Ogbonna celebrates his opening goal in St Ives Town's victory against Slough. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON - Credit: Archant

St Ives Town have been hit by a major injury blow after learning that striking star Dubi Ogbonna could be out for six weeks.

Ogbonna aggravated a long-standing knee problem in a recent Southern League Premier Division defeat at Biggleswade Town.

He underwent a scan yesterday which revealed swelling and fluid around his knee, as well as a small tear in the cartilage.

It means a player, who has scored seven goals since his October arrival, could miss most of its conclusion.

Manager Ricky Marheineke said: “The scan showed Dubi has a lot of fluid and swelling around his knee. There is also a small tear, but the good news is that he does not require surgery, which would more than likely have ended his season.

“However, the doctors have said he does need to have up to six weeks of recovery time before he is in a position to play again.

“It is a blow to lose someone who has played a huge part in getting us up into mid-table and away from the relegation zone. He’s obviously a big loss, but hope-fully he’ll be back fit for the run-in when we hope to be challenging to win a couple of trophies.”

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Marheineke has made contact with a Football League club about the possibility of bringing in a young loan signing to fill the void left by Ogbonna’s injury.

He also has a midfield target currently playing at National League South level. He declined to reveal the identity of the player, but confirmed he has worked with him at a previous club.

Saints’ defence of the Hunts Senior Cup has been put back a week.

They were due to travel to Eynesbury Rovers for a semi-final clash on Tuesday, but it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The tie will now take place on Tuesday, February 14.

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