Tyreece John-Jules is very unlikely to play again this season, according to the Lincoln City manager, after suffering an injury in a friendly.

Tyreece John-Jules scoring for Lincoln City against Blackpool (Photo via Twitter)
Striker Tyreece John-Jules scoring for Lincoln City against Blackpool (Photo via Twitter)

Tyreece John-Jules missed the last couple of Lincoln City matches with injury, but at the time it didn’t seem like something that would rule him out for the season. Reports described it as a “toe injury”, with no suggestion it was anything too serious.

Unfortunately, we now know that was because the nature of the problem wasn’t clear from the first scan. It turns out it’s more of a setback than Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton first thought. He explained the situation in a press conference this week.

“It was the day we had the Sheffield United game. He got a kick on the top of his foot,” Appleton said. “The initial X-ray didn’t show anything, but that can happen with those types of injuries.

“He then had an MRI scan and last night [Wednesday] we found out Tyreece has a slight fracture to the tarsal bone. It looks very unlikely that he’ll feature again this season.”

It’s a big shame for John-Jules, cutting short his first opportunity in senior football.

The striker made a strong start to his loan spell. He impressed on his debut without scoring, then got a goal and a goal-saving clearance in his first match at home for Lincoln City.

John-Jules did go a few games without another goal after that, but could count himself a little unfortunate. He hit the woodwork in his last game against MK Dons, and saw a defender bat away a clear goalscoring opportunity with his hand against Ipswich.

The player himself seems pretty sure he’s not going to play again this season. He posted on Twitter to thank Lincoln for their support: