by BEN BANKS
MARTIN HANNAWAY thought his season had got off to a flyer – only to be grounded by a horror knee injury.
The Newmains vice-captain was left crumpled on the floor after coming off second best in a challenge in the victory over Ashfield last month.
Play was delayed for over 40 minutes as the stricken star received treatment on the pitch before he was urgently whisked away to hospital by ambulance.
Hannaway, 26, underwent a scan on Monday and is awaiting the results to determine how long he faces on the sidelines.
He said: “I’m really gutted to be out. Over the past five years I’ve had lots of little niggles and injuries and this season I felt really good.
“I was enjoying every training session and every game. For that to happen threw me right off again.”
Hannahway insists no-one was to blame for the incident and said: “The boy I was marking made a quick burst away from me. The ball broke to him when it was in the air and I tried to nick it from him.
“He tried to hit a half volley but I got in front of him and took it away from him but in the process he caught me instead.
“It was an accident in a fiery game and the guy who made the challenge came up and apologised afterwards which I appreciated. It’s just one of these things that happens in football unfortunately.”
Hannaway’s lack of mobility initially affected his personal life too but he is grateful for the support he’s received from his employers after fearing what the consequences might mean.
The fire and security engineer added: “I couldn’t drive at the start. I can’t work if I’m not mobile and I don’t get paid if I’m not at work.
“But my work have been really good and tried to get me into the office to do some things in there at the start which was helpful and good of them.
“It’s all about seeing how long I will be injured for now. I’ve got no holidays left to take unfortunately so hopefully I can continue working until I’m back on my feet.”