St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has confirmed that defender Conor McCarthy faces a six-to-eight-week stint on the sidelines through injury – as he revealed he may have to undergo surgery next week.

The defender landed awkwardly during the draw with Livingston last weekend and the Buddies star was sent for a scan this week, confirming the bad news that he’s out for the rest of the year at least.

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St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin confirmed the bad news for the Buddies defender (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Goodwin has his fingers crossed that McGrath will return quickly as he admitted surgery us “not as big a deal” as before for players.

“Unfortunately the results of the scan weren’t great so he is due to see a specialist later, and there is a possibility we will need to pencil him in for an operation next week,” Goodwin said.

“He has done two or three different things to the ankle. It’s not something we think is going to keep him out for three or four months. I would imagine it will be the six-to-eight-week bracket.

“He is a young lad, he has never had any serious injuries. He is physically strong and I would expect him to heal quickly.


“The thought of going into surgery now is not as big a deal as it used to be. We are hoping for as good a turnaround as possible.”

St Mirren face Hearts this weekend at Tynecastle in the Scottish Premiership with Goodwin’s side looking to cement their place in the top six with a good result in the capital.

After a draw with Livingston last weekend, the Buddies need to start killing games off however if they are to have a shot at making the top six when the split happens later in the season.

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