Pools have been handed a massive injury blow with the news that Carl Magnay ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Saturday’s game against Mansfield Town.
The defender hobbled off just before half time in the goalless draw with The Stags but boss Craig Hignett and the Club’s medical staff had hoped the injury would not turn out to be too serious.
However, Magnay underwent a scan on Monday and results have confirmed the worst possible news for the full-back who will now face a minimum of six months on the sidelines.
“Carl has ruptured the ACL and damaged other structures in his left knee joint,” explained the Club’s Head Physiotherapist Ian Gallagher.
“He had a scan in Darlington on Monday which confirmed our worst fears and now we will have to wait for the swelling to go down before he undergoes corrective surgery.
“Unfortunately, it means that he will be out for a minimum of six months but we will work closely with the surgeon after the operation and follow his protocols.
“Carl has been through this injury before with his other knee so he is aware of the hard work that lies ahead as we return him to fitness.
“It’s a huge blow for him and the Club, but we will make sure he is in the best possible hands both in terms of his operation and then his subsequent rehabilitation.”
Magnay has played in all but one of Pools’ league games so far this season and scored twice in the remarkable 3-3 draw at Crewe Alexandra last month so will be a big miss for boss Craig Hignett.
“It’s a massive setback for us because he’s a big part of the squad,” admitted Hignett.
“To lose him for such a length of time is terrible news and I am devastated for him but I have no doubt that he will come back stronger.
“He has had a serious injury like this before so he will know what is in front of him but he’s mentally strong and we’ll ensure he’s got the best medical support around him to aid his recovery.”