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Buckman blow for Raiders

PUBLISHED: 16:19 26 November 2012

Jason Buckman faces a spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury

Jason Buckman faces a spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury

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Injury forces utility man out until new year

Romford Raiders utility man Jason Buckman faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in last night’s Essex derby win at Chelmsford.

Buckman was taken to hospital after a hit from behind in Romford’s 3-2 victory over the Chieftains.

And although he was released, the diagnosis was disappointing.

Manager Mick Cahill said: “I’ve been in contact with Bucky. He was allowed to leave hospital last night, but the prognosis isn’t great.

“The good news is there’s no sign of a collarbone or shoulder blade fracture. The bad news is that there appears to be cartilage damage and that’s often worse than a break.

“He’s having an MRI scan to determine the extent of the injury and we’ll know more then, but the current doctor’s estimate is four to six weeks out so it looks like Jason is done for 2012.”

Buckman has been a consistent performer for Raiders since joining from home-town club Peterborough in 2009, missing just one match in three and a half seasons.

Cahill added: “This will be the first Raiders’ games Bucky has ever missed through injury and that’s probably hurting him as much as his shoulder.

I know he is absolutely gutted.

“He sat out one game through suspension but otherwise he’s appeared in 174 out of the 175 games Raiders have played since he joined.

“It’s a record he’s justifiably proud of and it’s a shame it gets ended by something the referee saw as a check from behind.

“I couldn’t see the incident clearly from the bench but when I realised Bucky had stayed down, I knew it was serious.”

Raiders recorded their 11th successive league win of the season, despite the loss of Buckman.

And they will look to maintain the defence of their title against Bracknell and the Isle of Wight next weekend.

“We laugh and joke with him but he is genuinely as tough as they come,” said Cahill.

“We’ll certainly miss him while he’s out but I’m sure he’ll be at our games, telling us all where we’re going wrong!”

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