Harry Worley has been ruled out for twelve to fourteen weeks after being told he needs surgery to repair an ankle injury.
The centre-back made five appearances for the Club at the start of the season after joining from Stevenage but injured his ankle during a Reserve game against Burnley at the end of September.
Worley has been back to see a specialist on Wednesday afternoon who confirmed that the bone bruising and ligament damage will require surgery.
“The initial diagnosis was made on our first visit to the consultant last month and it was hoped things would settle down between then and now,” explained Physio Ian Gallagher.
“However, he’s had another look and it does require an operation so we've managed to get that organised to take place on Friday.
“Once he’s undergone the surgery he’ll be in a plaster cast for two weeks, then a moon boot for a further four weeks during which time we can build him up gradually with balance and general conditioning work.”