David Jeffrey is optimistic that Kris Lindsay will play again this season.
And the Linfield manager last night said that everyone at the club is feeling pain for the player who was hoping to leave his injury problems in the past.
Scans yesterday revealed that 26-year-old defender suffered cartilage, lateral ligament as well as cruciate ligament damage in Saturday’s opening league game of the season against Ballymena United.
Jeffrey, however, isn’t ready to concede that Lindsay’s season is over after just 26 minutes of action.
“To say it’s bad news about Kris is an understatement,” said Jeffrey.
“It may be dramatic to say he is out for the season, but he's likely to be out for a good part of it.
“He is likely to be out for between six and eight months after undergoing surgery, but it will only be when the surgeon goes in that he will discover the full extent of the damage.
“We are all distraught and really annoyed for Kris, but he will get looked after the same way as a number of others at our club who’ve had the same kind of unfortunate injuries in the past.”
Lindsay (pictured) had worn the number 13 shirt since his arrival at Linfield in June 2006 and has been plagued by regular injuries. Although he isn’t superstitious, he was given the number six at the start of this season in the hope that his luck would change too, but things haven’t worked out that way for Lindsay.
e THE IFA Premiership Management Committee has agreed to place a 10 point deduction against any club experiencing an insolvency event.
No such rule has ever been in place before, but the likes of Ards, Omagh Town and Coleraine could have been affected in the past had it been the case back then.
Hugh Wade, chairman of Coleraine and the Premiership Management Committee, said: “This corporate governance is critical for the success of our clubs in Northern Ireland.
“We must put more emphasis on financial management within local football clubs and I see this 10 point deduction as a warning to those clubs who don’t control their finances more carefully.”