LEEK Town defender Matt Bradbury spent almost a week in hospital to piece together his shattered lower leg and ankle, sustained in a challenge whilst playing under a dual registration with Eccleshall.
It is understood that the 33- year-old will not play again.
However, Bradbury is keen to continue in football in some form and Leek boss Lee Casswell is understood to be pursuing the idea of him returning to the club in some capacity in Blues' rapidly expanding community projects.
Meanwhile, Leek Town defender Joe Evans has reached the last 22 stage in his quest for a professional contract with one of three Football League clubs.
Evans, aged 19, has been pursuing his dream to land a contract after being released by Port Vale last summer.
He joined Leek Town in July after being part of the youth and reserve teams at Vale Park.
However, the young full-back has had little opportunity to demonstrate his potential at Harrison Park, due to the club's current success.
He has, however, worked hard at the Samsung Challenge "Win A Pro Contract" scheme.
The scheme has attracted more than 15,000 entries over the last three years and the successful players will join either Leyton Orient, Swindon Town or Wycombe Wanderers in next year.
On-loan striker Mitch Husbands completes his three-month spell at Harrison Park on Saturday when Blues take on Hungerford Town at home in the FA Trophy second round.
The talented striker will then rejoin his parent club Worksop Town, but it appears still possible that he may return to Leek in the New Year.
Husbands began his career on the books at Sheffield Wednesday and has also played for Sheffield FC and Shirebrook Town before signing for Worksop.