STEVE Butterworth fears George Cox could be set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in Great Wakering Rovers’ Essex Thameside Trophy win over Ilford.

Goals from Jack Stevenson, Ollie Woodhouse, Adalberto Pinto and Josh Wiggins allowed Wakering to record a 4-0 first round victory over their Essex Senior League opponents.

But Butterworth admits Cox’s injury came as a blow.

“The only downfall from the night was we lost Coxy after only 20 minutes,” said the Wakering player-manager.

“He took a whack on the knee and he was struggling to walk on that leg towards the end of the night.

“Coxy needs some treatment and he is a doubt for the game at Histon on Saturday.

“It’s a shame because I gave him the vice-captaincy at the start of the season and he has skippered us in the last two games due to Marc Gorbell being suspended.

“He is a good, young lad who is good on the ball as well as off it.

“It’s a blow if he misses the trip to Histon.”

However, Cox’s possible absence could offer Lewis Jaggs a way back into the starting line-up following a spell on the treatment table.

“Lewis has just come back from a long injury and he was the only player who came out of last week’s Isthmian League Cup defeat to Basildon United with any credit,” added Butterworth.

“He did well when he came on as a substitute against Ilford and the next stage of his recovery would be starting a game.

“If Coxy is ruled out for the weekend, Lewis may get a chance because he is a player I rate.”

Wakering will head to Histon following a comfortable win over Ilford.

And Butterworth, whose side will visit East Thurrock United in the second round of the Essex Thameside Trophy, was impressed with how Wakering performed at a wet Burroughs Park.

“We were pretty comfortable and we had a lot more of the ball than we would expect at Histon,” admitted Butterworth.

“Because of the weather, the pitch was very slippery so we played out from the back a lot more than we usually would.

“It worked well and gave the boys a lot of confidence, which I hope we will take into Saturday.”