WEYMOUTH have been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of their festive run of fixtures as influential defender Pat Baldwin could face a spell of up to four weeks on the sidelines.
The former Exeter City and Colchester United centre-half confirmed to Echosport he sustained an injury to his hip-flexor during last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stratford Town, in which he came off after 34 minutes.
Baldwin, who saw a physio this week about the problem, will definitely miss out on Saturday’s home clash with Slough Town in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division (3pm).
He is also now facing a race against time to be fit for the Ridgeway derby against Dorchester Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Boxing Day.
The experienced defender told Echosport: “I think it is going to put me out for at least a couple of weeks which is really disappointing because I’ve missed a game through suspension and had a little calf tear earlier in the season.
“It’s really disappointing, more so for the club because I think I can make a difference when I do play. We want to be successful and I want to be successful this year as well.
“I have had enough injuries in my career and there is no point in getting down about it. It is what it is and I will just have to get back as soon as I can.
“I have a good friend who is a physio near where I live so I will be seeing him a few times a week and will do everything I can to get back.
“I am certain we will pick up good results in the meantime.”
In his absence, the 33-year-old is backing player-coach Chris McPhee, who took Baldwin’s place in the Terras’ defence at Stratford, to slot in and perform well.
“Macca has been outstanding every time he has played at centre-half so I think we will be alright,” Baldwin added.
“Macca is such a valuable player to the club, he can play all through the spine of the team and do a fantastic job there. It just shows how good a squad we have this year.
“I think it’s vital to have strength all through the spine of the team.”