WINDSOR manager Mick Woodham has confirmed that former professional Barry Hayles will miss the FA Vase fifth round proper tie against Hamble Club due to injury.

Hayles, 45, suffered a broken bone in his hand during the 3-1 league defeat at Flackwell Heath on January 13.

The striker no longer wears a cast for protection but the injury has not recovered sufficiently for him to feature this Saturday, and Woodham expects to be without the veteran for three more weeks.

The Windsor boss told the Observer: “Barry is definitely a non-starter due to his hand injury, and that’s no secret or surprise to anyone.

“Unfortunately a suspension has over-run because of the Longlevens suspension so Matt Stockill won’t play either. That’s disappointing for all of us, particularly himself, but no fault of his own.

“Haydon Clack trained on Tuesday and there’s no reason why he can’t be pushing for a place, certainly in the 16.

“I didn’t see any signs of the injury he picked up two and a half weeks ago, so that’s a positive. Having an experienced player around us is comforting.”

Windsor saw their Hellenic Premier Division fixture at Longlevens postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on Saturday, and Woodham explained that has had an impact on preparations for the Vase.

He said: “We had a couple of players that do need games and minutes, but these things happen for a reason I believe, so there’s no point dwelling on them. Let’s just stay focused and positive for Saturday.

“The game getting called off hasn’t helped us. It means we’ve not played since Brimscombe & Thrupp so our preparations haven’t been ideal. It wasn’t to be so preparations are as good as they can be.”

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