GARRY HILL has described Giuseppe Sole’s lengthy injury lay-off as “the worst thing in the world”.
Record-breaking Sole, who scored 15 goals in 11 consecutive games at the end of last season, is out for 12 months after seriously damaging ligaments in his knee against Dartford last month.
And with Hill’s wafer thin squad struggling for goals, losing his star striker for the entirety of the campaign comes as a real kick in the teeth.
Hill said: “Giuseppe Sole is a big loss and we were very disappointed for him when we heard the news.
“When you talk about losing a player with Gez’s scoring ratio in the second game of the season it’s always going to be a big blow -but that’s football.
“It’s the worst thing in the world when you are working with 17-18 lads to get a major injury to one of your players.
“To lose Gez the way we have is a blow but at the end of the day all clubs get their injuries.
“We knew it was going to be tough for us this year but I’ve got to be upbeat as a manager and we’ve got to try and be upbeat as a club.”
Lady luck has not been kind to Woking on the injury front under Hill’s reign at Kingfield.
Captain Mark Ricketts was side-lined with a broken leg for more than six months last season, while now departed Paris Cowan-Hall was also a frequent visitor to the treatment room.
But the manager is convinced the tide will turn and bring with it an upturn in fortune both on and off the pitch.
He said: “What goes around comes around and hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later.
“It’s been a little bit awkward at the moment but there won’t be any additional pressure on the players.
“We’ve played some lovely football on the road but things haven’t quite gone our way and we are getting punished.
“People can’t forget that we’ve had a real hard start away from home.
“We’ve played three really fancied teams in Wrexham, Hereford and Mansfield and given a good account of ourselves.
“Our other away game was against Forest Green and they are top of the league so we are taking the positives out of those fixtures. “
Though he likes to keep his dealings in the transfer market hushed, Hill suggested his hands could be tied when it comes to finding a replacement.
The manager added: “Unfortunately we are not over blessed financially and we’ll have to have a think about what we now can and can’t do.
“Sometimes setbacks can make you a stronger person and we’ve got to be strong now.
“I’m upbeat about the situation, I’m trying to be positive and we are going to push on.”