East Stirlingshire coach Jim McInally has this week expressed fears that three of his top players may not kick a ball for the club again this season.
Skipper Dean Richardson, Alex Walker and Craig Donaldson are all facing lengthy spells on the sidelines and McInally is not at all hopeful any of them will be able to come back before the season ends.
Richardson and Walker played more than an hour of Saturday’s 5-2 defeat against Arbroath but were left out of the midweek trip to Montrose. It looks as though Donaldson may require surgery on an ankle injury.
McInally accepts he took a risk playing Richardson on Saturday after his team captain had been out for three weeks with a pelvic injury.
“We gave him a fitness test before the match and he seemed OK,” said the Shire boss. “And when we took him off after an hour there didn’t seem to be a reaction.
“But as time wore on things tightened up for him and there was no way we could have risked him at Montrose.
“We’ll just have to wait and see but I can’t be sure he’ll be back any time soon.”
Walker, meanwhile, has been hampered by injuries all season, and is now to seek medical help for a recurring groin problem. The coach says the former Rangers player needs to get to the bottom of the problem.