Striker light for Diamonds boss Peaks

AFC Rushden & Diamonds striker Tom Liversedge is facing a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury

AFC Rushden & Diamonds striker Tom Liversedge is facing a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks is on the hunt for a new striker after he confirmed Tom Liversedge has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Diamonds, who are second in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, are set to return to action with a trip to in-form Northwood this weekend.

But Liversedge won’t be involved and manager Peaks revealed the frontman is facing “a few weeks” on the sidelines.

He said: “Tom was suffering after Saturday (the abandoned match against Arlesey Town) and he is going to have to go for a scan on it so it is a blow for us.

“So I need to get a striker in. I like to carry four and we aren’t doing that at the moment.

“We have to stay strong so I will be looking to add someone soon.”

There was positive news on the injury front this week, however, with defender Jack Ashton and winger Elliott Lamb-Johnson both taking a full part in training as they continue their comebacks from injury while Peaks is also expecting Courtney Herbert to come back into the frame soon.

Sam Brown, meanwhile, is hoping to be back playing for Diamonds during next season.

The left-back this week headed off on his travels with a planned six weeks in New Zealand being followed by an indefinite stay in Australia.

He is expecting to be back in the country by at least Christmas and insists he will be in touch with boss Andy Peaks on his return.

Brown played in Diamonds’ first senior fixture in 2012 and has been a permanent feature ever since, making over 150 appearances for the club and helping them to the United Counties League Division One and Premier Division titles.

The 23-year-old flew out yesterday (Wednesday) to begin his trip abroad but insists he will be back.

“I’ll definitely be talking to Peaksy when I get back, as well as trying to get back some fitness which might take a while,” he said.

“But I definitely intend to come back and play some part next season.”