SCOTT Fitzgerald has no idea when he will return from the injury that has kept him sidelined from Hayes & Yeading for the past few weeks.
The experienced Hillingdon-born striker is United’s top scorer this season with nine goals, but he damaged the cartilage and ligaments in his right knee during last month’s 4-0 home win over Grays Athletic.
He scored his third goal in as many games that day before exiting the action at half-time.
Fitzgerald’s condition will be monitored in training on Thursday to see if he will be available for Saturday’s visit to Grays, but he insists he will not rush back at the expense of compounding the problem.
"I’m happy with the way things have gone for me this season, so it’s a bit annoying to get injured at this stage," he said. "I’m not sure how long I’ll be out for but I’ve got to be 100 per cent fit.
"I’m not the best watcher in the world. It’s even more difficult when we’re playing the likes of Luton and Oxford as they are the games you strive to be involved in and prove yourself against some of the best teams in the division.
"I’d like to get between 10 and 15 goals by the end of the season and I think I’ve got a good chance of doing that because the games are coming thick and fast."
The former Watford and Brentford star secured hero status at Church Road with several goals in last season’s play-off semi-final and final. United have won as many games as they have lost when he has netted - four - and should their talismanic striker fulfil his goal target, United could be near or over the 50 point safety mark set by manager Garry Haylock.
"It’s been some learning curve this season," he added. "We’ve had some good results and some dismal ones. We’ve got a lot of good young players and they will benefit from the experience."