Livingston have confirmed that club captain Alan Lithgow will not feature for the rest of the 2019/20 season.
The 31-year-old has been contending with a hip problem which, it has now transpired, will require surgery in the coming weeks, meaning his appearance against Ross County back on December 21 is to be his last of the campaign.
Livi say Lithgow will be sidelined for around four to six months, which is a massive frustration for the central defender.
It’s been a stop-start season for Lithgow, who began the campaign with hamstring injury, before having his appendix removed.
He then suffered from a chest infection, meaning all in all, he’s been limited to just 12 Premiership appearances and a further five in the League Cup.
His absence will continue to be a frustration for Gary Holt, who’s side are hoping to seal a top-six finish – at the moment, the fifth-placed side are three points clear of St Johnstone in seventh, with Hibs sandwiched in between.
A disappointing end
It’s been a bit of a nightmare season for Lithgow, who will be glad be to see the back of the current campaign after his issues with injury.
It remains to be seen whether Lithgow has played his last match for the club, given his current contract expires this summer.
He’s a big character around the club so it’s certainly a shame to see someone who’s been so big for the club in recent seasons stuck on the sidelines.