Jim Goodwin says he’ll need to go into the transfer market after confirming St Mirren midfielder Kyle Magennis has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The Scotland youth international, who has captained the Buddies at times this season, went down pretty innocuously against Rangers on Wednesday. He was subsequently stretchered off.
There were fears over his fitness and now scans have confirmed the extent of Magennis’ injury lay-off.
Goodwin says he’ll be missing for the rest of this campaign at least and also states that it’s going to force his hand in terms of transfers.
“Kyle went for his scan and unfortunately we’ve got the results of that back,” explained Goodwin. “It was as we feared, he’s done his cruciate ligament. We’ll be looking at a lengthy lay-off for Kyle.
“His season will certainly be over and we’ll work hard with him in the rehab to make sure he’s ready for pre-season. It’s a huge blow, he’s been captain for a number of games in Stephen McGinn’s absence.
“That gives you an idea of the character of the boy that I’m willing to make him captain at such a young age. He leads by example and has a great attitude. Technically he’s a fantastic player.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in him prior to this so it’s a blow for the boy more than anything. He’ll get the best rehab possible, we’ll make sure he has the best surgeon possible.
“He’s from a good family so he’ll have great support there as well. He’s very down about it. It probably won’t sink in until he’s lying in bed thinking about the long road he’s got ahead of him.
“We’ll have to look to bring someone in. We’ve got a week to do that. It wasn’t an area of the pitch we were looking at strengthening as we’ve got good options when Kyle is fit.
“Players like Ryan Flynn, Cammy MacPherson and Sam Foley. With Kyle out of the equation though we have to strengthen.”