AFTER a season free of major injuries, Airbus UK Broughton have suffered a hammer blow which will leaving them without at least two key players for the rest of the campaign.
Last Wednesday’s freak 5-1 home loss to Bangor City left Airbus boss Craig Harrison with more than a sour taste in his mouth.
He saw goalkeeper Kristian Rogers, defenders Jamie Smith and Matty Woodward and striker Marc Lloyd Williams all injured.
Two of those will not play against this season, Rogers with a broken jaw and Smith with a dislocated ankle. Woodward is also doubtful having succumbed to a knee injury which has plagued him for six months.
“Kristian and Jamie will be out for four to six weeks,” said Harrison. “Jamie suffered a lot of soft tissue damage and was lucky not to fracture a bone but neither of them will be fit before the end of the season.
“Matty has been managing his knee problem for about six months with painkillers but with this latest knock enough is enough and he will take some time out to heal now.
“We have avoided injury all season then this comes all at once.”
The only good news is that Lloyd Williams will miss only Saturday’s trip to Newtown with his knock.
But Harrison has challenged his squad to maintain their top 10 push and secure a ‘Super 12’ place.
“We have quality in the squad and players have been knocking on my door asking why they are not getting into the first team,” said Harrison.
“Now they have the chance prove I was wrong to leave them out.”
Airbus must improve on last week’s heavy defeat by Bangor.
The Wingmakers began the match having conceded two goals in nine, but within 12 minutes the Citizens had scored three times on their way to a comprehensive 5-1 victory. Carl Owen pulled one back for Airbus.