Eastbourne Borough will be without the services of Sam Gargan for the rest of the season.

The on-loan Albion striker requires surgery to repair a knee cartilage injury suffered in Borough’s 2-0 defeat at Salisbury on Saturday.

The news is a blow as Borough prepare for the third of five games in the space of ten days when relegation threatened Ebbsfleet visit tonight.

Andy Atkin is also ruled out with a groin problem while Nathan Crabb and Matt Smart are also doubts after picking up injuries in the 2-1 win over Crawley on Tuesday.

Eastbourne: Hook, Austin, Baker, Pullan, Jenkins, Lovett, Armstrong, Brown, M Crabb, N Crabb, Tait. Subs from: Harding, Wormull, Mingle, Jeffery, Smart, Jordan.

Ebbsfleet: Cronin, Ricketts, Crooks, McCarthy, Charles, Shakes, Martin, Long, Slatter, Gash, Moore. Subs: Mott, West, Opinel, Yussuff, Purcell