HARTLEPOOL United midfielder Matthew Bates has had minor surgery in a bid to speed up the healing process following his dead leg, club officials have confirmed.
Bates has been out since damaging his left thigh in the game at Portsmouth last month.
Matthew underwent an operation to remove a haematoma deep in the muscle because it wasn’t dispersing naturally.Head physio Ian Gallagher
The 28-year-old was initially told that six weeks rest would give the injury a chance to settle down before he resumed playing.
But medical staff have been concerned about his progress and Bates went in to hospital on Wednesday to have surgery.
Head physio Ian Gallagher said: “Matthew underwent an operation to remove a haematoma deep in the muscle because it wasn’t dispersing naturally.
“We’ve tried to allow the injury to settle down over time but had he not had the surgery now then his season would have almost certainly been over.
“The operation now gives us the chance to progress Matthew’s rehabilitation and speed up the recovery process, without rushing him too much.”
Bates is on the injury list alongside Scott Fenwick (ankle) and Michael Woods, out for the season after dislocating his ankle and fracturing his leg in the win over Wimbledon.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Moore said Woods is in good spirits.
Moore said: “Michael is doing fine now to be fair.
“He’s in good spirits, but a massive loss for us – Fenwick, Bates, Woods are three players who we will miss.
“It’s a chance for Nicky Featherstone or Brad Walker to come in and do well and establish themselves.”