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Update on injury to Tom Smith

Tom Smith news

Those of you who attended our game against Hartley Wintney on Saturday will be aware that Tom suffered a bad injury when saving a late attempt by the visitors, and we have heard from his club Arsenal FC, whose medical staff report:

Tom has torn his cartilage in his knee (Medial Meniscus).  He has also sustained ligament damage in his ankle.  He is due to see a knee specialist this afternoon, but it is likely that he will require surgery in his knee.  We won’t know if his ankle will require surgery, for the next week or so. 

He is likely to be absent from training for 8-12 weeks minimum, and will remain with us until his is fully fit.”

Arsenal have cancelled the Youth Loan arrangement under which he appeared in the Whites’ colours.

Everyone at Salisbury wishes the popular young keeper well, and a speedy recovery, as well of course hoping that he makes good future progress in the game.

That is a thought echoed by Manager Steve Claridge: “After the game Tom thanked me personally for the opportunity he had been given with us, but really it’s for us to thank him, as he fully bought in to what we are trying to do and did very well during his spell here.”

Alec Hayter

Press Officer