Transfer-listed Mansfield Town’s skipper Zander Diamond’s fortunes have taken a turn for the worse with the probability he will need back surgery.
Diamond’s season was hampered by the back problem and he then found himself on the transfer list at the end of it.
But any hopes of changing boss David Flitcroft’s mind in pre-season or impressing another club have been wrecked by the injury.
“Zander has been to see a specialist about the back injury he had last season which has not healed,” said Flitcroft.
“He had an injection in it last season, but has still not recovered.
“He has now been told he could need surgery on the injury.
“That is one we are still assessing and looking at and we’ll make sure with a second opinion. But it’s bad news for Zand.
“We left him behind when we went to Portugal so he could get his medical attention back over here.
“If there is something out there that can be done we’ll look into that.”