Coyle on McCann's Medial Ligament Injury
Chris McCann will be out of action for up to three months following a scan of his knee today.
McCann twisted his knee following a strong tackle by Michael Turner on the half-hour mark in last Saturday's game against Sunderland at Turf Moor. He hobbled off the pitch and had to replaced by Joey Gudjonsson
Owen Coyle explains the extent of the injury and what the blow means for the team:
'It's fair to say that Chris has suffered a bad injury and I would expect a minimum of two to three months.He has damaged his medial ligament and it will certainly be a couple of months before he is back.
It's very unfortunate and a body blow for Chris.That's where my thoughts are because whenever he has been available he has been in my team. I think the world of him, both as a player and a lad and the good thing is he is at such a young age that he will come back better and stronger for it.There's no doubt though that it's a hammer blow for him. He was all set to take the Premier League by storm and he will, when he comes back!'
It will now be interesting to see who Coyle prefers to replace him in the starting eleven. Joey Gudjonsson is the obvious candidate but Kevin McDonald is waiting in the wings and might now be given more opportunity to feature.
We wish Chris well and hope he makes a quick recovery. He was one of the stronger looking attacking midfielders this season and will be sorely missed.