I’ve genuinely never known a situation like the last couple of years when it comes to injuries, and it’s just gotten worse.
It’s been revealed today that Ted Bishop is set to be out ‘for a while’ after coming off in the 2-0 win against Derby. Bishop, who had five goals and two assists going into the game, is considered to be one of our most creative midfielders, but it looks like we’re now going to be without him for a while.
“Teddy is going to be out for a while,” said Mark Kennedy, as reported by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Twitter account. “Really unfortunate looks like a really good linking player.” That’s all the information we have right now; there’s no interview up on the club’s iFollow page, so we’ll have to wait until the sports show to see what the problem is.
It’s another significant injury setback, something the club have suffered horribly from since the Covid layoff. We’re two months into the season, and currently, Bishop, Lewis Montsma, Joe Walsh, Freddie Draper, Danny Mandroiu and Jay Benn are confirmed as injured. However, Adam Jackson, Carl Rushworth, Charles Vernam, Tom Hopper and Max Sanders have all missed two consecutive games or more since we kicked off. That means, in total, 11 players have again missed 180 minutes or more through injury, and we’re not even ten league games in yet.
This may be of little comfort, but at least we saw Ted suffer his injury. I know that sounds a bit odd, but injuries in games often cannot be avoided, and as soon as he went down, you knew the poor lad was hurt. As fans, it’s frustrating when a player picks up an injury in training, some find that hard to process. When we have seen the anguish on his face as he limps off the field during a game, I think there’s more empathy and understanding.
Ted will be a big miss, but I would say it’s not like losing Tom Hopper, where the ‘two for each position’ method breaks down. Ted plays in the attacking midfield position, where we have Virtue, Sanders, and Oakley-Boothe all covering, as well as Lasse Sorensen if Jacob Davenport plays in the holding role, and even Ben House if Tom plays up top. Hopefully, with Danny Mandroiu back on the grass, our options out wide are also strengthened, another position Ted has played.
It must be tough for Ted; he suffered injury hell at Ipswich and came here looking for a clean slate. He was largely injury-free last season, at least in terms of long-term layoffs, but it sounds as though this could be something that rules him out deep into the autumn period at least, which is a blow.