Payne to undergo ankle surgery

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Crawley midfielder Josh Payne has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Crawley midfielder Josh Payne has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

The 28-year-old is likely to be sidelined for six weeks as he requires an operation on a troublesome ankle.

Payne is pencilled in for surgery next week, and manager Gabriele Cioffi said: ‘It is frustrating for us but this is a problem Josh has had for some time.

‘Every squad has injuries but I feel they have broken our momentum this season.

‘ He added: ‘Luke Gambin has had a problem with the nerves in his quad, though hopefully he won’t be out for too much longer.’

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