Leg fracture blow for Stevenage ace Charles

Darius Charles limps off. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Darius Charles limps off. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Stevenage defender Darius Charles fractured his leg in the dying stages of Tuesday night’s 0-0 Sky Bet League Two draw with Bury.

The Boro stalwart joins the ever-growing injury list at the Lamex ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hartlepool United.

Speaking this afternoon, Stevenage boss Graham Westley said: “Darius, we had bad news on.

“It was a fracture to his leg so it looks like he’s gone for the season, which is a big blow as he’s been in great form.

“It adds to the injury woes, but as big a loss as he’ll be, as a character and as a player, we’ll have to move on without him now and it’s all about the boys that are fit and are available and can win us points.”

Charles joins the likes of first team regulars Adam Marriott, Dean Parrett, Tom Pett, Calvin Zola and David McAllister on the sidelines.

There was also negative news on Jon Ashton who picked up another ankle problem in the Bury game.

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Westley added: “He’s not in great shape Ash, it was his first game back after nine, 10 weeks out.

“He’d had an operation and it was the same ankle that he injured.

“It’s touch and go as to whether he’ll be available at the weekend, we’re not sure yet about the longer term implications of that.”