BOSS Paul Smith has been boosted by the news that Bromsgrove Sporting’s star striker Jason Cowley has no underlying serious problem behind his groin injury.
The contracted forward, who scored 42 goals in 42 appearances in a memorable year for the Rouslers last term, has been sidelined for the past month, much to the frustration of the former Redditch United striker.
But an MRI scan on Wednesday showed there was no sign of a serious problem and Smith revealed Cowley, at a push, may get a run out against Pershore Town in the Polymac Packaging League Cup on Tuesday night.
If not available for then, Cowley is more likely to be involved when Lye Town visit the Victoria Ground next Saturday (September 23) for a Midland League Premier Division clash.
“We have been worried sick about Jason’s injury so I am over the moon to have been told there is no serious problem,” he said. “It’s ridiculous how much we have missed his tenacity and goals.
“It’s been a tough month for us with everything going on regarding Ahmed Ali in court and personnel problems so it is nice to know the end of those problems is in sight.”
Before then, Sporting make the trip to old foes Coventry United tomorrow (Saturday) for a 12pm kick-off at the Butts Park Arena. United share the ground with the city’s rugby club, who are in action later in the afternoon.
United pipped the Rouslers to promotion in 2015 but the last meeting between the two sides ended with Smith’s men running out 4-2 winners.
However, the Sporting boss says that result will have no bearing on this weekend’s clash as both teams have come a long way since then.
He has also called on his players to emulate their second half performance from last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sporting Khalsa to stand any chance of claiming victory.
“Coventry are a big side with huge finances behind them and the quality of their squad shows that they mean business this year,” Smith said.
“It’s a tough test for us but the lads set themselves a standard following the second half performance against Khalsa.
“For 45 minutes we were back to where have been in the past and I have urged the players to keep that going.”
Meanwhile, defenders Duane Courtney and Jordan Jones, who both joined the Rouslers from Redditch United in the summer, have departed.
Courtney, who was left out for the Khalsa clash, is linked with a move to Highgate United while Jones could be set for a move to Littleton due to his increased work commitments.
Joe Ward is also sidelined for three weeks after sustaining a shin injury in the draw with Khalsa.