Mansfield Town defender Luke Jones is unlikely to play this season after suffering an Achilles injury in training.
The summer signing had been pencilled in for a comeback from tendonitis in the next couple of weeks, having recently started doing some light jogging.
But the club confirmed he now faces a spell on the sidelines of between ‘four to six months’.
Christmas came early for sick children in hospital in Mansfield today when they were visited by Mansfield Town’s first team squad - who came armed with presents.
Young Stags fans were delighted to come face-to-face with their heroes.
Manager Paul Cox said: “At this time of year, it's nice to spread some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate than ourselves. The lads have dug deep and have put their own money into a collection to buy presents for poorly children."
Supporter Steven Bingham tweeted: ‘Just taken my daughter to children’s ward at KMH [King’s Mill Hospital] and bump into the #mtfcsquad! Great to see that side of the game! #stars’
Mansfield Town players will travel through the streets of Mansfield today to celebrate their return to the Football League.
Paul Cox's men were crowned as Blue Square Bet Premier champions following a 1-0 win at home to Wrexham.
Mansfield Town players will travel through the streets of Mansfield on Sunday on an open top bus to celebrate their return to the Football League. Paul Cox's men were crowned as Blue Square Bet Premier champions on Saturday following a 1-0 win at home to Wrexham.
The bus will depart the One Call Stadium at 3.45pm.
Speaking after Mansfield Town's promotion back into the Football league, team captain Adam Murray said:
"I don't think you can put words on it to be honest. I think it was a mixture of relief and ecstasy and we've really worked hard this season and to get that just reward was the icing on the cake."
Mansfield Town are back in the the Football League after FIVE seasons. There were the celebrations at the One Call Stadium after the Stags confirmed their place in next season's League Two.
They beat Wrexham 1-0. The breakthrough came in the first half. Louis Briscoe upended in the box. And Mansfield's top scorer Matt Green tucked away the penalty for his 27th goal of the season.
They beat Wrexham 1-0. The breakthrough came in the first half. Louis Briscoe upended in the box. And Mansfield's top scorer Matt Green tucked away the penalty for his 27th goal of the season
Television broadcasters ESPN and Mansfield Town Football Club have funded a pitch covering system to ensure tonight's match goes ahead. Stags are set to play Lincoln City in an eagerly awaited FA Cup with Budweiser Second Round Replay.
Following recent frosty weather in Mansfield, ground staff assisted in covering the pitch with a state of the art 'pitch dome' which blows hot air onto the grass surface. Head groundsman Michael Merriman said:
"This system should safeguard the game going ahead. It's a game saver. There are 12 gas cylinderswhich will blow hot air on to the pitch which will keep it nice and warm."