St Mirren defender Conor McCarthy is set to miss the rest of 2021 after being told he could need ankle surgery.
The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international landed awkwardly against Livingston last weekend and could face about two months out.
“Unfortunately the results of the scan weren’t great so he is due to see a specialist later, and there is a possibility we will need to pencil him in for an operation next week,” manager Jim Goodwin said.
“He has done two or three different things to the ankle. It’s not something we think is going to keep him out for three or four months. I would imagine it will be the six-to-eight-week bracket.
“He is a young lad, he has never had any serious injuries. He is physically strong and I would expect him to heal quickly.
“The thought of going into surgery now is not as big a deal as it used to be. We are hoping for as good a turnaround as possible.”