Bury: Craig Jones to miss rest of season with groin injury

Bury winger Craig Jones is expected to miss the rest of the season with the groin injury he suffered in the 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday.

It will further limit the resources of boss Kevin Blackwell, who is battling to keep the club in League One with the Shakers under a transfer embargo.

"He's a big loss to us at the moment," Blackwell told BBC Radio Manchester.

"He was distraught when he came off because he was just starting to feel comfortable in the team."

Just when he's starting to show how exciting he can be, he'll be out for four to five weeks

Bury manager Kevin Blackwell

Jones, 26, joined Bury from Welsh club TNS in August and has played 26 times this season, scoring his first goal for the club in the 2-0 win over Stevenage on 19 March.

Blackwell continued: "He's someone we have high hopes for and we want to make sure we don't throw him into a situation where the kid loses his confidence because the players around him aren't performing.

"We've been bringing him on and trying to get him to understand his game.

"He's been a non-league player for a while and he has non-league traits. We're trying to get them out of him and just when he's starting to show how exciting he can be, he'll be out for four to five weeks."

The defeat at the Goldsands Stadium left Bury six points from safety with six games of the campaign remaining.