Harrogate Town striker Ashley Worsfold will miss the start of the season after sustaining a broken leg whilst playing in a charity match on Sunday.
Worsfold signed a new contract to remain at the CNG Stadium in May after scoring 16 goals in his first season for the Sulphurites.
The striker had started the majority of Town’s pre-season fixtures and was set to play a major part in Town’s strikeforce this season.
But he is now likely to be out of action until 2015 after smashing his tibia during an exhibition match in Sheffield.
The 23-year-old was not representing Town when he suffered the injury.
Town manager Simon Weaver said: “It’s a kick in the teeth.
“We were delighted to get him on board again, we rewarded him with a fresh contract at the end of last season because we thought he was a bright spark, right age and scoring goals.
“He came to us virtually unknown at this level. We have picked him out and he can grow with us as a club.
“It’s very unfortunate for all of us that he has sustained a bad injury at this time.”
The striker had an operation earlier this week to have his tibia pinned.
Weaver was unsure how long the former Alfreton Town man would be sidelined for, but he believes it will be less than six months.
On the operation, Weaver added: “It doesn’t seem to have been complicated. He will go back in six weeks to get it checked over by the surgeon again.
“There is no sign of ligament damage but obviously after the next six weeks we will learn more.”