Robson hit by Boro's pre-season hoodoo

Paul Robson in action at Pickering
Paul Robson in action at Pickering

The curse of Scarborough Athletic's pre-season looks to have struck again ahead of their final preparatory outing at Whitby Town on Saturday, 1pm.

Following the horror injury to Alhassane Keita in the game against Pickering, full-back Paul Robson looks to have picked up a similarly cruel blow.

Robson holds his leg after picking up the injury at Harrogate

Robson holds his leg after picking up the injury at Harrogate

Robson limped out of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Harrogate Town with a suspected tear to both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his knee.

If this is confirmed in a scan at the end of this week then it could rule the defender out for some time.

Boss Steve Kittrick said: "It is very unsual to get two very bad injuries like these in pre-season. I feel for both Alhassane and Robbo at the moment.

"If his injury is confirmed then Robbo definitely still has a role to play with the club.

"He is a great lad to have around the changing room and his coaching is coming on so that could come in useful as well.

"He will be a massive loss to us though. He is a quality player with bags of experience.

"We are quite lucky in the fact that we have Jamie Price who can stand in at full-back. This is why you need a big and strong squad."

Kittrick will give another start to winger Andre Olukanmi at Whitby on Saturday, Craig Nelthorpe and Liam Ormsby return while Paul Beesley may recover from a groin injury in time to play.

The Boro boss has hinted that there may also be a few more trialists in the squad as Boro build for the new campaign.

He added: "This game will be a great way to finish our pre-season because it is a local derby against a good side. Hopefully there will be a few Scarborough fans there to see what we are about.

"We are missing a few, but we do have bodies back and we may be having a look at a few more."