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Dover Athletic's former Southport striker Jamie Allen out for season

Chris Kinnear admits Dover may move to bolster their attacking options after losing Jamie Allen for the rest of their National League campaign.

The 22-year-old striker signed from Southport on a two-year deal in May but will not play again this season after being told he needs operations on both hips.

Leaders Whites also face losing fellow striker Tobi Sho-Silva for up to three months after his recent knee operation and boss Kinnear said: “Jamie Allen’s got to have separate operations on each hip so he won’t play this season at all. Hopefully he’ll be fit for next season.

Jamie Allen. Picture: Tony Flashman
Jamie Allen. Picture: Tony Flashman

“Tobi could be out between eight to 12 weeks but knowing Tobi he is very determined and he’ll get back.

“He’s a little bit disappointed at the moment but Tobi’s Tobi and there’s no doubt he’ll be very positive.

“The two of them started the season with us up front and they did a great job. We had a lot of mobility, it’s changed a little bit (since) but we’ve got to keep improving and whoever comes in never lets the side down.”

Asked about the prospect of signings he added: “The chairman has said a squad of 18 is about right and we’re on that now.

"Maybe we will be able to sneak a couple more in but at the moment the squad are a very tight bunch. It’s hard to bring lads in but we will try to improve because you owe that to everybody at Dover.”

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