Oxford United players Andy Whing and Ryan Clarke will undergo surgeries and will miss the pre-season, the club have confirmed on the official website.
Goalkeeper Clarke, who was voted the club’s Player of the Season, requires surgery of the long-standing problem on one of his feet. It is estimated he will miss the first month of the new season, giving young Max Crocombe the opportunity to prove himself.
Midfielder Whing will undergo a hip surgery tomorrow. 29-year-old had to deal with injuries whole season but it is hoped tomorrow’s surgery will solve all issues.
“It is a shame but they are both long-term injuries that need to be resolved. Having the operations early in the summer will give them both a little extra recovery time. You don’t want to set time scales on these sort of things but they are good pros and we know they will work hard and look to get back soon as possible,” Gary Waddock said.
“In Whingy’s case we have Danny Rose, Jon Meades and Josh Ruffels competing for midfield places and Johnny Mullins will be back in pre-season and can play that holding role as well.
“With Ryan we are very fortunate to have Max Crocombe available. He has had to be patient but deserves the opportunity to have a run of games in the side. He is someone we all believe has great ability and real potential.”