CARL Macauley has ruled out Owen Dale for a fortnight after the winger was injured during Witton Albion’s success on New Year’s Day against Altrincham.

The teenager limped off during the closing stages of a 4-3 victory at Moss Lane, and a groin strain will keep him on the side-lines.

He is currently on loan to the Northwich club from Crewe Alexandra, and has scored three times in 11 appearances.

“I can’t believe it,” said the Witton boss.

“We’re having a terrible run of luck with injuries, and it’s testing the strength of our squad.”

Dale, 19, has played for Albion the past two months.

Macauley hopes to keep him for longer, but will delay a decision until the player is ready to play again.

His is the latest name on a lengthy injury list at Wincham Park.

Anthony Gardner (ankle) is hoping he can return to training next week after limping out of a 1-1 draw at Shaw Lane last month.

However Anthony Brown (knee) and Paul Williams (ankle) will not be able to join him until later this month.

Nick Ryan, a defender that suffered a fracture to his jaw during a 6-2 victory at Sutton Coldfield before Christmas, is out for an indefinite period while doctors decide how best to treat him.

On a more positive note, Macauley expects Prince Haywood and Danny McKenna to be fit enough to play at Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow after they both suffered minor injuries on Monday.