TRANMERE fear they could lose striker Enoch Showunmi to a broken leg for the second time this year.
The tall target man is to have X-rays on the injury to his fibula sustained in a training accident over Christmas. If the fracture is confirmed he could be out of action for six to eight weeks.
Showunmi sustained a break just above the joint of his ankle in April of last season and has been troubled by fitness problems for much of the current campaign.
The injury kept Showunmi’s name off the team sheet for yesterday’s scheduled League One encounter with Rochdale at Prenton Park. But the Boxing Day fixture was called off for safety reasons after a section of the roof of the Main Stand blew off in strong winds.
The postponement was announced at around 1.30pm when Tranmere manager Les Parry and his players were already inside the ground and preparing for the game.
They moved into the club’s indoor recreation centre for training session while the ground was evacuated and spectators were turned away by police.
Parry said: “The lads were disappointed by the postponement. They were looking forward to the game. There were a couple of enforced changes to our side with Enoch and Martin Devaney being out.
“Enoch thinks he has broken his fibula and is going for an X-ray. If there is a fracture he’ll still be able to walk and we won’t have to put him in a cast. But he will be out for six to eight weeks.”
Rovers also had to rule out Martin Devaney after the winger came down with chickenpox.
Parry added: “I would not say the postponement was a blessing in disguise because the players who were coming into the side were really keen to prove a point. Everyone wanted to play. It was a big opportunity for us to get back to winning ways.
“At least, being at home, we were able to go straight into a training session whereas Rochdale could only get back on the coach and go home.”
The postponement means Tranmere must wait a little longer for the opportunity to halt a run of four straight League One defeats.
The club called in a structural engineer to assess the damage to the 40-year-old Main Stand roof yesterday and chief executive Mick Horton said they will do everything possible to ensure Friday night’s game against Bury goes ahead as scheduled.
The Rochdale game was called off following consultations between the police, club staff and match officials. Horton said: “The priority had to be public safety.”
Horton described chain of events that began shortly before 1pm yesterday as a “nightmare scenario.”
He said: “A piece of the Main Stand roof came off and we noticed two or three other sheets were moving in the wind.
“Our priority in that situation has to be public safety. We had discussions with the police match commander and the match officials and decided we had to call the game off.
“The last thing you want is a piece of the roof blowing onto the pitch.”
The Main Stand is the oldest section of Prenton Park.
It was built in the late 1960s. The other three sides of the ground were redeveloped in the 1990s.
Horton arranged for an inspection by the structural engineer later in the afternoon yesterday. Tranmere will not want to lose the second holiday fixture, against Bury, if they can avoid it.
“We will do everything we can to get Friday’s game on,” Horton said. “We will even consider closing the Main Stand if needs be.”
It is the third year in succession that Tranmere’s Boxing Day fixture has been called off. In 2009 and 2010 games at Oldham Athletics fell victim to the freezing weather.