Hebburn Town FC stalwart Ally Downey is to miss at least the first half of the new football season on medical advice.
The club has announced that the central defender has to take an extended period of rest from competitive football after being told by his doctors.
This is a huge blow to Ally and the clubHebburn manager Scott Oliver
The news comes after Downey has been undergoing a number of tests as part of a medical investigation into chest pains he has been experiencing during pre-season training.
“This news is a huge blow to Ally and the club” said Hebburn manager Scott Oliver,
“Ally was instrumental last season in the heart of the club’s squad and his presence on the field will be sorely missed,
“But the most important thing is that Ally has a speedy recovery and he can get back playing for the club as soon as he get’s the all clear”.
A statement from the club added that, although Downey will not be participating on the pitch, he will be very much part of the plans off it, as he will remain at the club in a coaching capacity, supporting the manage ment team as part of the backroom staff.
The statement added that the club would like to wish Ally a speedy recovery and hope he is back playing again soon.