Exiles ace Chris Zebroski could be out for the season

NEWPORT County AFC striker Chris Zebroski may not play again this season.

The 27-year-old has been a big hit since arriving at Rodney Parade in the summer and is still the club’s joint leading scorer with seven goals – despite being sidelined since November 9.

But it is now feared that the dislocated kneecap and ligament damage he sustained in the FA Cup first round tie at Braintree Town may have ended Zebroski’s season.

It was initially thought that the player may be able to return within six to eight weeks.

“Unfortunately Chris has got a large tear in his cartilage as well as dislocating his kneecap,” said Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh before the player’s operation.

“He’s booked in for his op and from there we’re probably looking at about six to eight weeks before he’s back playing. It all depends on how the surgery goes.”

But now the prognosis is more worrying for Edinburgh and the County fans.

Club physio Adam Roche said: “Chris had a surgical repair of his meniscus on Friday, November 22, and is currently doing very well.

“He is expected to return to training in approximately 12 weeks.

“He will have six weeks of partial weight bearing followed by six weeks intense rehabilitation.”

If Roche’s forecast is correct Zebroski would not be ready to play before May and the regular League Two season concludes on May 3.

He would, however, have a chance of returning to feature in the play-offs should County be involved with the final at Wembley set for May 24.

But County are hopeful that the former Plymouth and Bristol Rovers striker could be back ahead of schedule.

A club spokesman added: “It is all dependent on how well the rehabilitation goes with Chris. We will have a more realistic time frame after the initial six-week period from the op.

“This will take us up to January and Adam and the medical staff can reassess then.”

Since Zebroski’s injury Edinburgh has brought in fellow front man George Barker on loan from Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion.

And Aaron O’Connor, the club’s imitational top scorer from last season, could make his long awaited comeback from a serious groin injury before Christmas.

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9:30am Thu 5 Dec 13

NakedDancer says...

This is a big blow. Jolley hasn't found form yet after his injury, it may take time for O'Connor to find form at a higher level after a long layoff and Barker has little league match experience. If Washington gets injured County have a big problem.
This is a big blow. Jolley hasn't found form yet after his injury, it may take time for O'Connor to find form at a higher level after a long layoff and Barker has little league match experience. If Washington gets injured County have a big problem. NakedDancer

10:13am Thu 5 Dec 13

county mad says...

it never rains but it pours however JE seems to get goal scorers out of no where the man is a magician. Christian Jolley is almost there and washington is white hot with danny crow and Barker in reserve and wilmott is still deadly I think we can allow chris Z to recover properly so he can wreak havoc in L1 for us next season.UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!
it never rains but it pours however JE seems to get goal scorers out of no where the man is a magician. Christian Jolley is almost there and washington is white hot with danny crow and Barker in reserve and wilmott is still deadly I think we can allow chris Z to recover properly so he can wreak havoc in L1 for us next season.UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!! county mad

10:47am Thu 5 Dec 13

bucks says...

Assuming the quotes from the physio are recent then the Argus have got the timescale wrong. The physio said he should be back in training in twelve weeks time, so that's the start of March, not May. The two, six week periods of rehab are what makes up the twelve weeks, not in addition to it.
Assuming the quotes from the physio are recent then the Argus have got the timescale wrong. The physio said he should be back in training in twelve weeks time, so that's the start of March, not May. The two, six week periods of rehab are what makes up the twelve weeks, not in addition to it. bucks

12:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

I think "bucks" is quite right, ****-up on the maths front here surely?
I think "bucks" is quite right, ****-up on the maths front here surely? lowandhardandinthecorner

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