Wright keen to play his part in the end game
FOREST Green forward Ben Wright is refusing to write off the remainder of his first season at the club, despite discovering he has knee ligament damage.
The 24-year-old has been out of action since Rovers' 1-0 defeat at Mansfield Town on October 13, and it will be a watching brief for him again when AFC Totton visit the New Lawn in the FA Trophy first round tomorrow (3pm).
Wright has scored three goals in 13 games since arriving from Braintree Town last summer, while his expertise from free-kicks and corners increased his value to the side.
He will not require an operation but has damaged his posterior cruciate ligament, meaning he must wear a brace for up to three months and wait for the injury to heal.
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Wright explained: "I actually did the injury when I was running at home and I twisted my knee.
"It swelled up and I knew straight away it could be bad one so I went for a scan.
"I've been told I definitely don't need an operation, which is a bonus, but three months is a long rehabilitation and I'm pretty bored already.
"It's really frustrating because the boys are playing really well at the moment and I'd love to be part of it, but I've got massive faith in them to still be in the play-offs or even better when I come back.
"I've set myself a target to be back for February. I don't know if that's realistic but it would be brilliant to play a part in promotion or even go to Wembley in the Trophy final."
Forest Green have reduced ticket prices for tomorrow's clash with the Stags, who ply their trade two divisions below Hockaday's men in the Southern League Premier Division.
Former Rovers goalkeeper James Bittner spent time on loan with the Hampshire outfit last term before eventually joining Hereford United.
Totton are currently six games unbeaten in all competitions and have the division's leading marksman in their ranks in Richard Gillespie, who has netted 13 times this season.
Dave Hockaday will therefore be wary of making a raft of changes to his side, although with both Jamie Turley and Eddie Oshodi suspended, Chris Todd should make his first appearance of the campaign in central defence after recovering from tonsillitis.
New loan signing Nathaniel Jarvis will start up front but midfielder Kieron Forbes (ankle) remains with Wright in the treatment room.
Hockaday said: "I'm pleased it's a home draw because the Trophy can throw up a few trips into the unknown at this stage.
"Totton have a few players with experience of playing at our level and I know there is plenty of ambition down there, so we will have to be on our guard.
"People ask me whether the Trophy is a priority for us but the next game is always our priority, regardless of the competition."