AFC Telford top scorer Steve Jones nears return

Relieved AFC Telford United striker Steve Jones expects to recover from his eye injury within the next week.

Steve Jones

The Bucks eight-goal top scorer temporarily lost the sight in his left eye after being struck in the face with a heavy clearance during the first half of his side’s 1-0 defeat at Mansfield.

Jones, 36, then missed a one-on-one scoring opportunity from the ricochet as a result of his impaired vision and was quickly substituted before being taken to hospital.

Luckily the striker’s vision in the injured optic has since returned and he has been put on a course of eye drops to help the bleeding and bruising subside.

The former Walsall and Crewe hitman is hopeful he will have sufficiently recovered in time to put himself in contention for Saturday’s home game against Macclesfield.

“I had three haemorrhages, one in my iris and two in my retina, as well as severe bruising which is obscuring my vision,” he said. “I had no sight in my left eye. I couldn’t see a thing until Sunday night.

“My vision in it has come back, though, and I have got to keep putting eye drops in six times a day.

“Hopefully in a week’s time I will be back to normal and I’ll be back ready to play if not in time for Saturday then hopefully next Wednesday against Gateshead.”

Meanwhile the FA has confirmed that defender Karlton Watson has been handed a one-match ban following his sending off for two yellows cards in Saturday’s game.