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Looks Like Season`s End for Semple

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Ryan Semple admits it would be a bonus if he played again this season after being diagnosed with a minor leg fracture.

The Boston United winger was ruled out of action with a suspected knee injury following the 2-0 Blue Square Bet North defeat to Bishop’s Stortford last month.

After the problem failed to go away, Semple was sent for a scan last week with the results showing a fractured tibial plateau, which is at the top of the shin bone.

The Pilgrims fans’ favourite will learn about his recovery progress when he visits a consultant in the next week, but is only cautiously optimistic he will play again this season.

“I’m hoping I can play some part before the end of the season,” said the popular wideman.

“But it’s important that I get myself fully fit first and don’t come back too soon and break down again.

“At the moment it would be a bonus if I played again this season.

“It’s difficult to say when I’ll be back until I see the consultant. He’ll be able to tell me whether I can continue to do the training I am at the moment or need to do something different.

“I can still do swimming and bike work in the gym, but I can’t do any weight-bearing work.”

However, Semple’s hopes of playing again this season may be helped by the recent spate of postponements due to the freezing weather.

With the York Street pitch frozen and covered in a blanket of snow, last Saturday’s home game with Worcester was postponed on Friday afternoon.

The Pilgrims are also without a game this Saturday before returning to action at Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday.

“From a selfish point of view, I hope every game for the next two months is postponed,” joked Semple, who has been almost ever-present for the Pilgrims since arriving from Gainsborough Trinity two years ago.

“Since I’ve been at Boston, I think I’ve only missed about five games through injury.

“I had some injury problems when I was at Lincoln, but for the past few years I’ve had very few, so to be out now is very frustrating. But at least it’s been diagnosed now and I’ve not done any more damage.”


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