DERRY CITY striker, Patrick McEleney is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines after fears of a torn groin were confirmed today.
The City playmaker looked to be in considerable pain as he clutched his groin and was treated immediately on the pitch during the second half of Friday night’s home loss to Bohemians before being stretchered off after a long delay.
And Derry boss, Peter Hutton’s worst fears were realised with confirmation of a tear to McEleney’s groin following a scan this morning.
McEleney could now be facing up to six weeks in the Brandywell treatment room which will be a major blow for Hutton’s troops.
The striker’s injury somewhat overshadowed a disappointing defeat to the ‘Gypsies’ who moved up into third place following the win.
The game began so promisingly with Philip Lowry netting on eight minutes - the first goal conceded by Bohs on the road this season - but Hutton was once again made to rue ‘preventable’ goals.
“On another night we could have had a couple of more goals and walked away with three points but that’s the small margins,” said Hutton.
“Prior to the game the players were getting a lot of plaudits for their defensive work but we have to maintain that and keep building on that and not rest on our laurels.
“The two goals were very preventable although the first one was a great strike. I thought we bossed the majority of the game and in particular the second half.
“It’s tough but it’s a steep learning curve for some of the younger players.
“It’s disappointing to say the least but we didn’t take our chances and their keeper pulled off some fantastic saves,” he added. “Our keeper had very little to do second half other than take the ball out of the back of the net.
“We didn’t defend the two goals particularly well. We didn’t clear our lines for the first although it was a fantastic strike. And for the second one we were caiught ball watching on the edge of the box. So we have to learn from it and dust ourselves down.”