Pools star Trevor Carson is likely to miss the rest of the season after being told he needs surgery on a shoulder injury.
The goalkeeper has been playing through the pain barrier in recent months but the problem has not improved, leaving the Club’s medical staff with no option but to seek expert advice.
Carson was accompanied by Head Physio Ian Gallagher on a visit to a top shoulder specialist in Liverpool on Thursday who delivered the verdict that an operation was the only solution.
“Trevor will have surgery two weeks today and could be out for up to six months afterwards,” explained Gallagher.
“It’s an exploratory operation where the surgeon will go in, find the damage and then repair what he sees but it’s very likely he will now be missing for the rest of the season.
“Credit to Trevor, he’s been putting up with a lot of pain for quite some time now and he’s been determined to play in every game but it’s got to the point where we’ve had to do something about it.
“He’s such a professional and shown his commitment by getting out there and playing when others wouldn’t have, but enough is enough now and this surgery is the only option.”
Craig Hignett is understandably disappointed to lose the services of last term’s Player of the Year but has challenged Adam Bartlett to step up and take his chance between the posts.
“Trev has had this problem for a while and it’s a credit to him that he’s played on for so long,” the Pools boss told us.
“Obviously it’s a blow to lose him but Adam is a more than capable understudy and now he’s got the chance to come in and be our Number One.
“There’s no worry from me on that front; I’ve said before that in my opinion we’re lucky to have two of the best keepers in this division so it’s bad news for Trev but thankfully we have Adam to step in.”