Striker Shaun Batt is set for a spell on the sidelines after scoring his first Barnet goal in last weekend’s dramatic win over Hartlepool United.
The striker missed Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup first round tie at Shrewsbury Town and, speaking afterwards, Martin Allen revealed Batt had been injured in securing the Hartlepool win.
"He was very sore last week after the game and his hamstring got worse so he had a scan on Tuesday," Allen said. "The consultant confirmed on Thursday he has a rupture of his hamstring.
"It is a serious injury and he’s probably going to need surgery and he is going to be out for a significant amount of time.
"It comes at a time where we all celebrated his goal last weekend. I think every Barnet supporter loved it when he scored and I certainly did.
"It’s such a shock and he is very upset. We will know help him get back as quickly as we can but it’s certainly going to be a long-term injury."
Allen did not, though, want to put a timeframe on Batt’s recovery as there is more than one treatment option available and a decision on which course of treatment has yet to be made.
"I don’t want to put a timeframe on it at the moment because there are two ways of treating it," explained Allen. "One way is with an operation which will mean he’ll probably miss the season.
"The other way is through rest and rehab. But it depends how bad the rupture is before the consultant can decide what will happen for sure.
"After last week he was going to start up front today with John Akinde suspended, so we’re disappointed to lose him. We have to soldier on."
Everyone at Barnet Football Club wishes Shaun the best with his recovery and hopes to see him back on the pitch as soon as possible.