Garner has fingers crossed after striker suffers knee injury

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Clitheroe boss Simon Garner has his fingers crossed on the fitness of loan striker Callum Hendry.

The 17-year-old Blackburn Rovers striker came off in Saturday’s 2-0 win at home to Mossley with a knee problem, having scored the opening goal.

And Garner was awaiting the outcome of a scan to assess the damage, hopeful that Hendry, the son of Scotland and Rovers legend Colin, hasn’t had a recurrence of the cruciate problem which previously put him out of action for 18 months.

Garner said: “Callum has had a scan, and we are just awaiting the outcome now.

“It’s all ifs and buts, but the worry is that it’s a recurrence of the medial or cruciate injury. Fingers crossed it’s not too bad.

“It was just a block tackle, their lad slid in and his knee took the impact. The whistle had actually gone for a previous tackle, but Callum wants to win and win every challenge.

“He’s been great, he’s a great character, he comes across older than his years, and he’s got great ability. so it would be a big blow for us.”

As ever in football, an injury means an opportunity for someone else, and Garner feels he has options ahead of Saturday’s visit of Harrogate Railway Athletic: “We’re fortunate in that area we have quite a few options – had it happened in another position, we might have struggled.”

Clitheroe are fifth in the Evo-Stik First Division North going into the game, but the Blues’ fine start remains just that as far as Garner is concerned, and he is looking for some consistency now: “We’re still only just a wuarter of the way through, so we can’t judge the table just yet.

“I’m still calling it a start! But I’m hoping now, rather than being up and down, we can go on a bit of a run for as long as possible and see where that takes us. On our day, we can beat anyone.”