CHESTER CITY manager Mark Wright fears his prolific striker Daryl Clare will miss the start of the new season in eight days' time.
Clare, who was City's leading scorer last season, sustained a knee injury towards the end of the last campaign, and after medical examination the club was advised that rest over the summer months would rectify the problem.
However, the former Boston United hotshot has again been troubled by the knee during pre-season friendly matches, and Wright is naturally concerned.
"The medical advice we received stated that if Daryl rested during the close season, it would cure the problem, however that has not been the case, and the player will now have a scope examination on the knee early next week.
"Hopefully the problem can be sorted out quickly, but we won't know until we are given the results of the scope, then we can plan accordingly," said Wright.
The City supremo continued: "We have players at our club who are proven scorers, so if the problem does mean that Daryl misses out next week, we have proven Conference and Football League scorers in our squad."
Wright is referring to his new signings Ian Foster and Kevin Rapley, who joined the Deva Stadium payroll last month, and Michael Twiss, Mark Beesley and Dave Cameron, who were with City last season.
Twiss is another player who is receiving treatment at the moment, he sustained an injury last week which is not thought to be too serious, but the player is doubtful for Chester's friendly match at Vauxhall Motors tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Mark Quayle who had a loan spell at the Deva Stadium at the end of last week, has joined fellow Nationwide Conference club Scarborough. The ex-Everton youngster has signed a one-year contract with the Yorkshiremen.