Alty Dealt Second “Shattering” Injury Blow To New Boy

Ollie Crankshaw has vowed to do all he can to return even stronger after the player and now club Altrincham were dealt a “shattering” injury blow.

The Vanarama National League Robins’ new signing has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The winger, who has only just arrived from Stockport County, left the field shortly before half-time in only his second appearance at Barnet on Saturday.

Since the injury, the club have received the worst possible news and they won’t see the exciting signing until next summer at the earliest.

Crankshaw, 25, tweeted to thank everyone for their support after the devastating news.

He wrote: “Absolutely gutted to be writing this but on Saturday’s game I ruptured my ACL, it’s not going to be a short or easy recovery but behind the scenes I’ll be doing everything I can to be back playing football at my best again. Thank-you to everyone or the support and messages.”

Alty confirmed: “The talented winger hobbled off shortly before half-time in only his second Alty appearance, away to Barnet on Saturday.

“An anxious wait followed while the extent of the injury was assessed, and it came as a devastating setback to everyone at the club when the news reached us that Olly will miss the rest of the campaign after suffering damage to an ACL.

“Manager Phil Parkinson, his coaching and backroom staff and the entire squad will rally round Ollie and give him all the support he needs as he starts out on the path back to full fitness.

“It's a second regrettable injury blow to a key forward in quick succession after Regan Linney's eye-catching start to the season was abruptly halted by a knee ligament problem.”

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