01:00PM, Thursday 22 April 2021
Maidenhead United’s Nathan Blissett says he is coming to terms with the hairline fracture to his ankle he suffered late in the Magpies’ goalless draw with Barnet earlier in the month.
The 30-year-old sustained the injury when he challenged for a header and clattered into the hoardings behind the Bees’ goal in the game’s final minutes of normal time.
The striker is likely to be ruled out for the remainder of the season and his absence will be keenly felt by Alan Devonshire’s side who, ahead of this week's fixtures against Stockport County (2-2) and Wealdstone (6-0), had been struggling to find the net.
Blissett was in red-hot form prior to the injury, scoring four goals against Solihull Moors, Chesterfield and Torquay United in a spell of form that lifted the Magpies into contention for a play-off spot.
Maidenhead now sit 13th in the division, a far cry from where they once were after going on a run of five matches without victory. But with games in hand over every team in the division they could still claw their way back into contention should they match their free-scoring showing against Wealdstone in the final weeks of the season.
Blissett admitted he's finding his watching brief difficult.
“It’s been hard to watch on from home,” said Blissett.
“You’re flying one day and then the next, you’re supporting the boys from an armchair.
“I feel like I have been stopped in my tracks when I was in a good bit of form.
“But, it’s part and parcel of football and I’ve just got to get on with it.
“The doctor is saying I have another 4-6 weeks out. I have another appointment next week to find out exactly how bad it is.
“It’s touch-and-go whether I’ll be back before the end of the season.”
On staying at York Road past the end of the campaign, Blissett added: “We’re in discussions at the moment.
“I would like to hope so. Obviously, you never know in football. But, I’ve definitely enjoyed my time and hopefully it will continue.”
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