Tom Soares: Bury midfielder set to miss rest of season

Bury are likely to be without midfielder Tom Soares for the remainder of the League One season.

The former Crystal Palace and Stoke man, 26, suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Crawley.

He has played 17 times for the Shakers since joining in November, initially on non-contract terms, and scored in a draw at Brentford last month.

His form for Kevin Blackwell's side earned him a permanent deal until the end of the 2012-13 season.

Meanwhile, Bury expect a diagnosis on Stephane Zubar's knee injury later this week.

The on-loan Bournemouth defender was hurt in the 4-1 defeat at Notts County on 22 February and has returned to the south coast to see a specialist.