Gills suffer King blow

Centre-back to face lengthy lay-off

King: Injury set-back

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Gillingham defender Simon King has been ruled out for the rest of the year after suffering a further setback in his recovery from an ankle injury.

King sustained ligament damage in a pre-season friendly with Bromley and the 26-year-old went under the knife in a bid to see the former Barnet man back in the Gills' starting XI for their League One campaign.

However, the problem is more serious than first thought and the centre-back has been forced to undergo a second operation which will keep him out action at least until the New Year.

Boss Mark Stimson told the Kent Messenger: "Simon is very down at the moment.

"The ankle was in a bit of a mess, so the surgeon had to tidy it up and he now has six weeks of non-weight bearing.

"He won't be in great physical shape after that, and then he has to go through rehab, so he won't be back this year."