Worthing have revealed how goalkeeper Lucas Covolan stunned hospital staff after breaking his arm.

The former Brazil under-20 international is likely to be out for at least three months after being hurt in the 3-2 FA Cup win at Moneyfields.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and returned home on Saturday evening with his arm in a cast and a sling.

Rebels boss Adam Hinshelwood, who accompanied him to hospital, revealed how Covolan’s self-treatment on the pitch might have reduced his lay-off period.

Hinshelwood said: “When he did it the bone was sticking out but he just yanked it back into place. He did a good job putting it back.

“I was with him when he was telling the doctors at the hospital.

“You could see they doubted the story and thought they would look at the X-ray and see no break there.

“There were just saying ‘Oh my God’ when they saw the pictures and said he did a great job putting it back in place.”

Covolan, who was Worthing’s player of the season last term, will be a big loss as Rebels chase promotion and look to reach the first round proper of the cup.

Hinshelwood said on Saturday night: “It’s just dawning on me now how much we will miss him.

“We need to go out and get someone. We have got two good young keepers at the club but I don’t think they are ready yet.

"It’s too early to say how long Lucas will be out for but it looks like at least three months.”

Hinshelwood said the injury, sustained when Covolan’s arm collided with an opponent’s head, put a dampener on a hard-fought win over the Southern League strugglers.

Aarran Racine, David Ajiboye and Ollie Pearce scored for Rebels.