HEREFORD are likely to be without striker Andy Williams for ‘months rather than weeks’ after it was confirmed that the 36-year-old needs a minor operation.

The striker spent his youth with Hereford before going on to have a successful career in the Football League with the likes of Yeovil, Swindon, Doncaster, Cheltenham and most recently Walsall.

Williams started pre-season by scoring a brace in his opening match against Hereford Pegasus. However, in Hereford’s following game against West Brom under-21s the striker came off injured in the second half.

Hereford have now confirmed that the striker has suffered ‘a bit of damage’ to the meniscus cartilage.

A statement on the club’s website said: “Following Andy Williams’ injury against West Bromwich Albion, he was sent for a scan on Friday and then had a follow-up specialist appointment late yesterday afternoon to determine the severity of the injury.

“As a result of that appointment, the specialist has suggested a minor operation to clean up a bit of damage on Andy’s meniscus cartilage.

“At this point the time frame for Andy’s return is not certain, but it is likely to be months rather than weeks.

“Andy will no doubt have the support of everyone during his recuperation and we look forward to seeing him return to full health as early as possible.”