Bath City director of football Adie Britton suffering from pneumonia
Director of football Adie Britton and midfielder Joe Burnell are both facing lengthy absences from Bath City after suffering from pneumonia and appendicitis respectively.
Britton was taken ill following last week's 3-0 win over Tonbridge Angels and has missed the subsequent games against Eastbourne Borough and Truro City.
Burnell, meanwhile, was taken to hospital on Thursday to have his appendix removed after complaining of recurring stomach problems for a number of weeks.
But there is better news for Josh Low, who has been given the all-clear after fears he had fractured a bone in his back. He was able to come off the bench on Saturday and score the last-gasp equaliser which salvaged a points against Truro.
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On Britton's health, City chairman Manda Rigby explained: “Adie had a cold that he never really shook off over much of the winter. He became even more unwell following last Saturday’s home game against Tonbridge and since then has been at home with pneumonia.
"He has not been out of the house these last few days and has been quite poorly. I think it will be a little while before we see him back.”
Low put his recent fitness problems down to the switch from full-time to part-time football and adjusting to life in an office.
"I've literally not done a lot in the last few weeks, other than scans and trying to get to the bottom of what exactly is causing the back problem," explained the former Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town player.
"We were worried I might have fractured a bone in my back but I haven't, which is good news.
"I've had a big change in lifestyle this season. I've gone from being a professional footballer and training every day to sitting at a desk for long hours.
"We've had to have a good look at everything and cut out whatever we can that has been causing the problems."
Head coach Lee Howells added: ”Josh has had some physical problems for some time, so we are just going to nurse him through until the end of the season."
City are at home to local rivals Odd Down tomorrow in the Somerset Senior Cup (7.45pm).