Donnelly reveals long-term Shoreham absentee ahead of Broadbridge Heath test

Shoreham boss Sammy Donnelly revealed one of his players will be sidelined with injury for a number of months ahead of Saturday's home game against Broadbridge Heath. Picture by Stephen Goodger.
Shoreham boss Sammy Donnelly revealed one of his players will be sidelined with injury for a number of months ahead of Saturday's home game against Broadbridge Heath. Picture by Stephen Goodger.

Shoreham boss Sammy Donnelly revealed that one of his players will be facing up to two months out ahead of Saturday's home Premier Division game against Broadbridge Heath.

The Musselmen take on a Heath side that demolished Hassocks 6-0 in their last fixture and Saturday's opponents sit in seventh in the league with 22 points from 15 games.

After fielding a number of players who were struggling with knocks in their 2-2 away draw with Little Common last weekend, Donnelly confirmed that one of these players will be out for a significant amount of time.

He said: "John Rhodie is waiting for an operation now and I think we’re going to lose him for a couple of months. He’s got a kidney stone and he was doubled up in pain so he won’t be available.

“The squad hasn’t changed that much. It’s not been the same every week. John Rhodie went missing this week and we’ve had different injuries but all teams suffer with them.”

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Donnelly is also expecting a tough match against a Broadbridge Heath side full of confidence. However, the Musselmen boss is relishing the opportunity for his players to come up against a team that will ‘test and push’ them.

He added: "They’re another inform side and they hammered Hassocks 6-0 on Saturday. They’ve got quality players and it’ll be difficult game but that’s what you want.

“You want to come up against teams that are going to test and push you. We are all looking forward to the game but equally we’re not underestimating any opposition. It’ll be a tough game.

“We will go about it the same way we have been doing in the last few games and see where that takes us.”