Giuliano Grazioli is forced to have surgery on his knee.
The surgery, which will free up tissue underneath the striker’s kneecap, ironically comes as a result of end-of-season work in May, where he underwent training which would mean he would mean he’d be ready for a return in pre-season and thus fit and raring to go for the start of Barnet’s new campaign.
This all initially came after long-term injuries restricted his appearances to just 18 in all competitions. Resultantly, he was transfer-listed by Paul Fairclough but so far there has been no interest expressed in the experienced striker, so fans may see him fulfill his contract with the club which expires in a year’s time.
But despite his current transfer status, Grazioli is focusing solely on getting fit and ready for League Two with Barnet despite this set-back which could have further repercussion down the line, especially if Fairclough adds another striker to the ranks.
Graz told the Barnet website: ‘It’s a niggle, but disappointing that I am missing out on pre-season games and the start of the League Two programme.’
And a man who fans could be seeing up front next season is Jason Norville who Fairclough released at the end of last season. Norville is training with the Barnet squad following an invitation from Fairclough and now Norville is bidding to prove himself fit and injury-free following two injury-plagued seasons at Underhill.
Also looking to earn contracts are Stephane Claude Seanla – an Ivorian forward who left Kettering – and tall Frenchman Stephan Honore.