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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.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 21 2009

Time: 11:54AM

Your Comments

Damn,damn and damn!! Thank god we have competition in that area these days, still a body blow though
turfmanphil
I wish Chris a speedy recovery and as TMP says we at least have competition in that area. I like Joey however would like to see big Kev play a bit more.
sheclaret
Time for Big Kev?
colinwaldron
Could be if we want a more attacking midfield. Coyle does tend to like Gudjonsson though, who is more defensive (or can be) although as we know Joey can let rip from distance which can be an advantage. I think we will see Joey selected (for away games at least) with Kev on the bench but coming on more with Joey now in starting eleven
turfmanphil
I would have expected this would be the perfect opportunity for Big Kev, but it does seem like he is being very careful with him. Time will tell.
Claretdale
Chris MCcaan is our first choice and will be missed. Joey or Kev can take advantage of this oppertunity, wish all three of them the best especially Chris.
Grimsby Claret
I think this is the first time I have thought oh heck injuries....but "we have Joey, Kev McD, Chrissie Eagles and Guerrero all wanting a midfield start" Thats 4 players and one injury a great ratio in my mind and of course without a rejig (is that a word?) we have Joey and Kev a 2 to 1 ratio. We even have defenders who would be able to play in there too.
VinRogue
Oh no three months! add to that he may struggle to get back in the side if whoever takes his place and does well.
8clarets8
Well on the positive side at least its a chance for someone else to step up to the oche. ***** happens and this time it's Chris McCann who will have to fight his way back into the team after he recovers from injury. We will at least now get the chance to see more of Kev I suspect and it will be good for his confidence
turfmanphil
 

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