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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Fears Wiles may never play again – Barrow AFC boss Bayliss

DAVE Bayliss fears that injured Barrow AFC winger Simon Wiles may never play again.

The Preston-based 25-year-old underwent a scan on his left knee on Friday after injuring it in an innocuous incident against Altrincham in midweek.

Speaking after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hayes and Yeading, AFC joint-boss Dave Bayliss said: “Wilsey went for his scan and it’s not good.

“He’s going to be out for between nine and 12 months. It’s an horrific injury for the lad.

“He’s suffered posterior and anterior cruciate ligament damage, it’s everything gone in his knee, his cartilage also.

“It’s a big ask for the lad to even come back and play, if I’m totally honest.

“We thought, at best, it might be a six-month job, but after what the scan showed it’s going to be between nine and 12 months. If he gets back from that, he’s done ever so well.”

Former Blackpool and Dunfermline Athletic wideman Wiles, who has had serious injury problems with his right knee in the past, joined Barrow last season and was part of the side that won the FA Trophy final at Wembley in May.

He signed a one-year contract in the summer and was just beginning to rediscover his best form before the injury.

Many AFC supporters posting messages on the club’s unofficial website hope the club will hold a bucket collection for Wiles at a future home game.

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