It has been confirmed that Smailes Goldie Captain, Jamie Chilcott, has been diagnosed with a dislocated collar bone/shoulder and will miss the start of the National League season. The injury is a huge blow to the Pirates’. Chilcott confirmed, ‘Its not feeling too sore now,’ but these injuries can take at least six weeks before a basic recovery, with even longer for physiotherapy to take effect.
Chilcott was bitterly disappointed not to participate in the opening home game but at least took part in the ceremonial banner raising as depicted above.
The news comes on the back of a head injury that has ruled out Chilcott’s fellow blue-liner, Marcus Neil. Speaking before the game, Neil’s father expressed concern that during the week, Marcus had been very ill following a heavy clash during a game. As a precaution, Neil has been rested from the squad and a date for his return is not yet known.
Pirates’ Spokesperson Ian Mowforth confirmed, ‘Player welfare, particularly head injuries is of paramount importance and is something Shane Smith is very keen to observe. His experience over last season is that players must not rush their comeback no matter how important they are to the team.’
While the loss of Chilcott and Neil is a blow to the Pirates’ early season hopes, the remaining ‘D’ players are holding their own and preparing for a few intense weeks. At the moment, replacements are not being contemplated.