March Town midfielder Lewis Thompson is to undergo an operation on a knee injury next month and will be out of action until Christmas.
The former Wisbech Town player revealed this week that he has been playing with a knee injury for the last two seasons.
Thompson missed last Tuesday’s Cambs Invitation Cup win and said: “Just recently it has become worse and it has been a struggle to walk the day after a game. I have got a bullet tear to the cartilage so I am booked in for an operation on November 9.”
Just as the injury was diagnosed, Peterborough Northern Star, managed by former Hares’ boss Jamie Weston, made a seven-day approach for Thompson last week, but the 22-year-old has committed himself to the GER.
“The approach took me by surprise. I did speak to Jamie in the summer.
“I am loving my football at March and, although we have lacked some consistency, I am sure we are going in the right direction so I had already made my decision not to join PNS.”
Thompson has scored four goals in nine appearances.
Manager Paul Crosbie said: “Lewis has been a big influence since he came here. His attitude has been spot on and he will be a big loss.
“The injury has come at an unfortunate time because we are short on midfielders with Scott Welcher also out injured and Guiliano Staffieri having left the club too.”
March entertain Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday and Crosbie is hoping his side can remove the monkey from their back at the GER. Crosbie added: “We now have a run of games against teams just above or below us and we need to start getting some consistency.”
Josh Westley and Sean White are to be recalled to the first team squad.