Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth has revealed that Nick Freeman has picked up a ‘nasty’ knee injury in the Chairboys’ 1-0 win over Lincoln City.

The 25-year-old, who made his first league start for the club since December 2020 in the victory against the Imps, came off just before the hour mark following a heavy challenge.

He received treatment on the pitch as was assisted off the field of play by the club’s medical staff.

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Freeman became the forgotten man at the club last season, as the former Histon player spent the second half of last season on loan at Leyton Orient in League Two.

Speaking after the win, Ainsworth said: “Our defence seems to be cursed at the moment, and now, Nick Freeman picked up a nasty injury.

“He could be out for a while.

“We’ll have to assess it.

“Me and Nick have had some real one-to-ones in the office, and I am really pleased with where he is.

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“He’s put his money where his mouth is so to speak, and I’ve given him the chance to prove to me that it was the right choice, and he was outstanding.

“The wingbacks really made the system work and I’m proud.

The manager also revealed that Ryan Tafazolli, David Wheeler, Dom Gape and Jason McCarthy are all ‘very close’ to returning in the not to distance future.

Since joining Wanderers in the summer of 2016, Freeman has played 129 matches for the club and has scored five goals.