Derry City’s towering central defender, Stewart Greacen, will be out of action for at least two months having torn a cartilage in his left knee.
The 30-year-old Scot sustained the injury at Hunky Dorys Park during the 2-0 defeat by Drogheda, the player initially believing that he has jarred his knee and played on.
“I wasn’t overly worried about it at the time,” said Greacen. “I went up for a challenge with a defender but their keeper seemed to collide with me after we had hit the ground.
“I seemed to take the brunt of his weight on my knee and it’s since turned out that I tore the cartilage,” lamented Greacen.
“However, I can’t get an appointment with a surgeon until next Tuesday at the earliest due to the Easter Holidays, but I expect to be out of action for a period of maybe eight weeks once I have the operation,” he added.
“Obviously, I’m hoping that I will get the operation as soon as possible after the consultation but while it’s unfortunate for me, it’s an opportunity for both Ryan (McBride) and Shane (McEleney) to get a good run in the first team as they challenge for a place.
“Both are quality young players and this opportunity represents a great chance for them as they will face three big matches against Shamrock Rovers over the next few weeks, not to mention this Friday’s trip to Sligo. I have great faith in them and I’m confident they will not let themselves or the team down,” concluded the Scot.