ROB Hopley’s season is over in cruel circumstances.

The Witton Albion captain, the driving beat and soul of Carl Macauley’s side, is confirmed to have completely snapped his anterior cruciate ligament.

A scan yesterday showed he also has a medial cruciate ligament, tendon and lateral meniscus tear from the final pre-season friendly against Kidsgrove Athletic 10 days ago when he left the field on a stretcher.

He will go under the knife after the damage is further assessed by way of a CT scan.

Meanwhile, Witton Albion have completed the signing of 26-year-old Callum Hassan for his second spell at Wincham Park.

He is the second striker to join the club in the space of a few days, with 19-year-old Kyle Hawley joining on a month's loan from Morecambe earlier this week.

Hassan featured in the pre-season friendly against Kidsgrove Athletic as a trialist, before signing terms with the club.

He scored two goals in three matches for Albion in 2016 after arriving from AFC Telford United.

His career started with Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United.

The target man was most recently on the books of Colwyn Bay.

He could make his debut when Witton visit Nantwich Town in the BetVictor Northern Premier Division on Monday.

Captain Jack Sam sent the net bulging from 40 yards out to seal a fine win for Witton Albion under 21s at Irlam.

Neil Murray’s side did not lose their focus after falling 1-0 beyond in the North West Development League.

Kasie Jones’ equaliser provided the base for the win.