Diamonds re-sign Lee as Peaks laments injury crisis

Jason Lee has re-signed for AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Jason Lee has re-signed for AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Andy Peaks believes AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ injury crisis is the hardest he has ever experienced as a manager and a player.

Diamonds were already without a number of key players going into last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round clash at Hendon but their hopes were hit further when experienced duo Richard Bunting and Liam Dolman were both forced off during the game.

Diamonds were eventually beaten 3-0 by the Ryman League Premier Division side and are now looking to bounce back when they take on Histon in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy at the Dog & Duck on Saturday.

Peaks expects to have at least three players back for the clash but he insists he will be making further moves in the transfer market in a bid to ease the problems.

Diamonds have re-signed defender Jason Lee, who was with the club towards the end of last season, and he will be eligible to play this weekend.

“The injury situation is the worst I have ever experienced as a manager and even when I was playing I don’t remember anything being this bad,” the Diamonds boss said.

“When Bunts (Bunting) and Bully (Dolman) came off at Hendon it meant I had 10 first-team players on the sidelines and that’s something that any club at this level would struggle with.

“It makes things hard and it makes it even tougher when you are trying to get a result against a team from a higher level.

“We will have Sam Brown and Kyal McNulty back this weekend and I think Jake Newman is 100 per cent ready now as well so that will help us.

“But I do have to look around and I am talking to three or four players.

“If we can get those in then it will mean our squad will be very strong once we start getting the others back from injury.”