Hunter faces fight to be fit for season opener

Garry Hunter.
Garry Hunter.

It’s ‘touch and go’ as to whether Garry Hunter will be fit for the start of the season according to Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock.

The former Morecambe midfielder, who cleaned up at the Dolly Blues’ end of year awards last season, had to be taken off inside the first half an hour of the recent friendly defeat to Barrow with an ankle injury.

And although the problem is not as bad as first feared, Hunter still faces a fight to be fit for the season opener at home to Farsley on August 16.

Peacock said: “Garry went straight to A&E and thankfully there was no fracture because he said he’d heard a crack and couldn’t put on any weight on it.

“But he had an x-ray and got the all clear. That was a bit of good news for us.

“He’s having intensive treatment on the ligament between his tibula and fibula now and is touch and go for the start of the season.”

Elsewhere Peacock has a relatively clean bill of health as the season approaches apart from longer term absentees Simon Wearing and Rob Henry.

Wearing was the subject of widespread concern when he collapsed in the friendly at Euxton Villa.

The striker was okay following the incident but faces an extended period on the sidelines as he sees specialists and undergoes tests to determine what happened at the Jim Fowler Memorial Fields.

Peacock said: “Simon’s going to have to have plenty of tests before he can start playing again.

“He understands that. His health is the number one priority.

“It’s a shame for him because he’d been doing really well in pre-season.”

Veteran right back Henry on the other hand has been suffering with viral meningitis and like Wearing, he faces a long road back.

Peacock said: “We’re going to assess Rob on a regular basis to see when he’ll be back with the first team.”

Last season’s top scorer Tom Kilifin missed the 3-3 draw with Skelmersdale on Saturday but was back in training on Tuesday night.