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Gillingham confirm Simon Royce injured in car crash

Simon Royce
Royce damaged his knee and neck in a car accident

Gillingham are awaiting scan results on veteran goalkeeper Simon Royce after it was confirmed he was injured in a car accident last week.

The club announced an important player had been injured in a car accident and on Saturday they confirmed it was their 38-year-old keeper.

Gills manager Mark Stimson told BBC Radio Kent: "His knee is in a bad way and he has a bad neck.

"He's going to be out for a couple of weeks," he added.

"He's had a scan on his knee, we should get the results of that this week.


"He's also had X-rays on his neck. I'm praying it's just a couple of weeks because he's a big player for us.

"Until we get the scan results we have to wait and see. He's been a big part of it. He'll be missed."

Alan Julian, who is on the transfer list, was drafted into the side for his first league game since August and the club did not name a keeper on the bench.

Julian produced an impressive display but saw his side lose 2-1 against Huddersfield.

Stimson said: "Alan was outstanding. A couple of free-kick saves were excellent and his kicking was spot on.

"He's waited a long time for this opportunity. He knows if he wants to keep it he as to grasp it, and he couldn't have done a lot more.

I am sure if he takes his opportunity it will be hard to put Simon Royce back in the side when he comes back

Mark Stimon on Alan Julian

"One save from point-blank range was something I would have clapped Simon Royce for had he been here.

"He wanted a chance and it was hard to give him a chance because Simon Royce was playing so well.

"Alan's a top goalkeeper and it was just unfortunate for him that Roycie came back from the summer with the bit between his teeth.

"I am sure if he takes his opportunity it will be hard to put Simon Royce back in the side when he comes back."

Royce joined the Gills initially on loan in April 2007 before making his deal permanent and is currently in his 19th season in professional football.

Stimson also confirmed that midfielder Curtis Weston missed Saturday's game for personal reasons but is expected to return for this weekend's home game against Stockport.

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see also
Huddersfield 2-1 Gillingham
12 Dec 09 |  League One
Royce dismisses retirement talk
24 Sep 09 |  Gillingham
No offers for Gills keeper Julian
23 Nov 09 |  Gillingham
Gills boss facing keeper dilemma
21 Jul 09 |  Gillingham
Keeper Royce signs new contract
02 Jul 09 |  Gillingham

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