Johnson broken leg more serious
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Johnson was initially expected to be out for up to six weeks after he cracked his fibula during Saturday's defeat at Port Vale when he landed awkwardly in a challenge with The Valiants' Sam Collins.
The 32-year-old was stretchered off and taken to hospital where X-rays confirmed the injury but further investigation has shown that Johnson will need to have the left leg put in plaster, further delaying his return to action.
Colchester manager Steve Whitton told The Evening Gazette: "We were initially told by the specialist that Gavin would be out of action for around six weeks.
"But the break in his left leg has got to be reset and he will now be in plaster for up to twelve weeks.
"It's a big blow to a club like us - we can't afford to have experienced first teamers like Gavin, Scott Fitzgerald and Karl Duguid out for long periods like that."
Whitton's long-term injury list shows no signs of abating, with Duguid facing a further three months out following an operation on his troubled knee.
The U's club physio Frank Reepe told the Colchester United official website: "It was slightly instable, which we hoped would resolve itself but it hasn't and as a result the operation was necessary.
"At that time, he also had a stitch put through his cartilage to re-attach it to the capsule where it would normally sit.
"It was done in one operation and Karl is now resting at home, and he is looking at round about ten to 12 weeks before he is ready.
"It wasn't a small operation, so whilst it wasn't quite a full cruciate op, it was something more than a routine job."