St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has admitted losing Eamonn Brophy to injury is a “bitter blow” for the Buddies after he suffered a nasty ankle injury in last night’s draw with Motherwell.

The Saints top-scorer limped off after 23 minutes, being replaced by Alex Gogic, and Goodwin confirmed the initial outlook “isn’t great.”

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Having already lost Jamie McGrath to Wigan on deadline day, a lengthy injury absence for Brophy would be a big loss for the Paisley side and Goodwin admits he’s hoping for good news once a scan can be done on Brophy’s ankle.

After seeing his side throw away two points against the Steelmen last night, Goodwin was left counting the cost as his side missed the chance to close the gap to sixth in the league.

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“It’s obviously a bitter blow to lose that goal in the manner we did,” Goodwin said.

“It was poor defending, although it was a good finish.

“It would have been daylight robbery if we took three points on the night. Both teams were poor offensively.

“There was no free-flowing football over the 90 minutes and Motherwell dragged us into a bit of a dogfight.

“We had to roll our sleeves up to grind out a result, but those two points are a bit of a sickener right now when you think about how the table would have looked after the other results went our way.

“We would be a point behind Aberdeen and Dundee United in sixth with a chance to go level with Hibs at the weekend.

“Eamonn is not looking great at the moment. We’ll wait for it to settle down and get it scanned.

“It’s a bitter blow obviously as Eamonn is our top goalscorer.

“We’re going to have to cross our fingers and hope for the best but the initial diagnosis isn’t great.

“It’s ligaments on the outside of his right ankle.

“He’s been a little bit unlucky over the last year or so with different injuries.

“He’s had a very stop-start season but he’s still our top goalscorer.

“He’s going to be a big miss, hopefully not for too long.”

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