It has been a frustrating season for four members of the squad with injury keeping Bobby Carroll, Lewis Reilly, Aidy Roxburgh and Sam Smith on the sidelines, severely restricting their game time.
All four were classed as key members of the squad in the summer and their services have been greatly missed and left manager Danny Grainger, and the Workington supporters, completely frustrated by their absence.
It should have been an important second season at the club for Lewis and Bobby. Lewis was expected to nail the main striker role and a hat-trick in one of the friendlies at Ashington suggested he was the man for the job.
But Lewis has turned out just three times this term and two of those were as a substitute. He underwent ankle ligament surgery a few weeks ago and was hoping to continue his rehab work at St George’s Park this week.
Bobby, last season’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ is close to a comeback. He has been back in training for a few weeks but hasn’t played since the Radcliffe home game back in August.
Aidy has endured a stop-start first season with the club, playing in the first three matches with four sporadic outings since. That was after a good pre-season with the club after becoming Danny’s first recruit of the summer.
Sam, thankfully, is also close to a return following a groin injury. The left sided defender, who made his first team debut ten years ago, has only made seven appearances this term, the most recent against FC United of Manchester at the end of September.
We are not going to see Lewis in action until well into 2024 but hopefully Sam, Bobby and Aidy will be back on duty in the not-too distant future.