ADE Osifuwa is facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a reoccurance of an injury on his Bowers & Pitsea debut.

The right-back joined from neighbours Canvey Island and Bowers boss Rob Small wanted to ease the new arrival into his squad because of having a knock. But the departure of Ryan Sammons - who has moved to Grays Athletic - resulted in Osifuwa being included in the starting line-up for the 1-0 defeat to Margate on Saturday.

However, Osifuwa was forced off at half-time and Small will be without the defender for tonight’s Isthmian Premier League clash with Worthing at the Len Salmon Stadium.

“Ade picked up an injury and he had to come off at half-time, which is a blow,” said Small.

“Ryan Sammons left the club to join Grays and that left us a little bit low on numbers, so we had to throw Ade in the team a little sooner than we may have liked.

“He was superb and I was really pleased with what we saw.

“But he has now suffered a reoccurance of the injury he joined us with and he will be out for a couple of weeks.”

While Bowers are separated from the relegation zone by one point, Worthing make the trip to south Essex sitting in the play-off places.

And Small is looking forward to seeing his side do battle with a side who have failed to score just twice this term.

“Worthing are a top five team,” added Small.

“We have to understand what we are up against and it will be a tough game.

“If we perform as well as we have in the last two games against Bishop’s Stortford and Margate consistently, we will pick up plenty of positive results along the way.”

Bowers will go into tonight’s encounter having been beaten by Margate.

A goal from ex-East Thurrock United midfielder Reece Prestedge was enough to overcome Bowers.

But Small felt Bowers deserved more from the meeting.

“It was one of our better performances this season,” admitted Small.

“We created good chances and used the ball better than we have been in recent weeks.

“It was a bit of a smash and grab from Margate and that is not the first time it’s happened this season.

“There are lessons to be learned because, when we are on top in a game, we need to punish teams.

“When a team gets a foothold in a game, we need to be more resilient.

“Going behind was disappointing because we dominated 90 per cent of the first half but then found ourselves 1-0 down after conceding in injury time.

“The players reacted well to going a goal down and we created so many good chances.

“But we were lacking a little bit of a cutting edge.”