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Soham Town 1 King's Lynn 3
11th August 2012
LINNETS boss Gary Setchell has described Stuart Wall's injury as a huge blow ahead of Saturday's EvoStik opener at home to Chasetown.
Wall is believed to have damaged his cruciate knee ligaments and the popular defender is expected to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Setchell said the club will support Wall, who set to undergo an MRI scan this week, every step of the way.
Speaking to the Lynn News, Setchell said: "The club will support Stuart every step of the way on his road to recovery as we have a good insurance policy at the club.
"It's very disappointing as Stuart had just come back, had done all his physio and was basically just walking backwards to receive a little ball and he went over.
"He found a little rut in the pitch and it looks like he might have done his cruciate.
"It's disastrous for him and it's not great for us because he's a big part of what we're trying to do.
"To lose your player of the year a couple of days before the start of the season is a massive blow."
Wall was preparing to make his first start back for the club after dislocating the same knee in an earlier pre-season friendly against Wisbech Town at The Walks.
Setchell said: "The football went well against Soham but it's irrelevant when you lose one of your best players.
"We've got good centre-halves who did well on Saturday but you think more of the lad than the team at the minute.
"He's absolutely devastated. We won't know the full extent till he gets a scan but it's not easy to get one, but I would expect at this stage he'll be out till past Christmas."
On the pitch, a first-half double from Jason Turner, including a goal from the penalty spot, and a fine diving header from midfielder Dan Quigley clinched a comfortably victory for Lynn in their final run-out before the start of the new season.
Soham's reply came courtesy of Seymour-Shove, who capitalised on a mistake between goalkeeper Alex Street and defender Jordan Yong.
King's Lynn Town: Street, Watson, Gulliver, Fryatt, Yong, Bunting, Quigley, Thurlbourne, Turner, Forshaw, Dunkley. Subs used: Hughes, Spriggs, Beaumont and Buhlemann.
Report by permission of the Lynn News