The Ebbsfleet United loanee picked up the injury during the first half of Wednesday night’s play-off eliminator win over Braintree Town and was replaced at half time by James Beresford.

The 29-year-old played just eight times for the Rebels but made a huge impact with his composure on the ball and creativity from deep.

His introduction to the team coincided with winning 6 of the last 7 matches to finish fourth in National League South.

He confirmed the news on social media yesterday saying “I couldn’t have written the season I was going have which started in a boot and will finish in one too after breaking my metatarsal last night”.

He continued: “A massive thanks to everyone at Worthing FC for turning my season around! Giving me my spark back and believing in me, I really hope I returned the favour”. “Now go and finish the job and win the play-offs”.

He’ll now be unavailable for Sunday’s pivotal semi-final at Oxford City, as well as the Sussex Senior Cup final next Thursday.

Replacing Paxman won’t be straightforward for manager Adam Hinshelwood, who used Beresford in a unorthodox midfield role in the second half on Wednesday evening and with Danny Barker also injured and Josh Chambers recalled by parent club Gillingham, his options are limited.