Luke Williams has been forced to undergo a second operation after suffering yet more bad luck in his battle to shake off a knee injury.
The attacking midfield star’s initial operation to repair a medial ligament problem took place at the start of October but Pools boss Matthew Bates has revealed that it didn’t settle down as quickly as had been hoped.
Williams was back to see the specialist last Friday who confirmed that the first procedure had not been successful and that more surgery was required.
“It’s so unfortunate for Luke and he’s very frustrated,” explained Bates.
“Nobody wants to be injured and he’s gutted about this latest setback but we’ll get him sorted and get him back to fitness as soon as possible.
“The initial operation saw a staple placed in his knee but that seems to have slipped and has been causing him pain - we could see in the couple of weeks afterwards that something wasn’t right.
“We’ve had him back for further assessment and he’s now had the second operation so hopefully that’s repaired the issue and he can concentrate on his recovery now.
“I know that it’s frustrating that he’s not been able to play yet but it’s genuinely not the lad’s fault so we’ll make sure he gets all the support and care he needs in the coming weeks.”
Williams underwent surgery on Tuesday and will now begin a rehabilitation programme to bring him back to fitness.