With Barrow AFC being able to welcome back several key players back from long-term injuries of late, it’s sometimes been forgotten that the recovery of striker Nathan Waterston is still ongoing.

Waterston is expected to remain on the sidelines until the New Year after undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury at the beginning of October.

The 21-year-old Barrovian had been troubled by the problem since pre-season, but was able to soldier on until the home game against Solihull Moors on September 1, when the need to fix it became more urgent.

The Bluebirds’ ranks have been bolstered by the returns to action of Jacob Blyth, Rhys Turner and Matt Elsdon from significant spells out and Waterston will thankfully be able to step up his own comeback soon.

Manager Ian Evatt said: “Nathan’s only just able to drive again, so we’ve got to go through a process of strengthening him up again.

“He’s been back with us at Hopwood from Monday. It’s been a long process for him, but we’ve looked forward to having him back in the building.”

On the other injury issues at AFC, Evatt added: “Again, Brian Wilson has picked up a slight calf problem, but nothing too major.

“It’s been a bit of a pain, again, that we haven’t been able to pick the same team again consistently, but I must say the guys who are stepping in are now stepping up.”