Motherwell left-back Pape Souare will be out of action for at least four months.
The club have now confirmed the length of the former Crystal Palace player’s lay-off after he suffered an ankle injury in training last weekend.
A statement read: “The Senegalese full-back picked up a serious ankle injury with associated fracture that will prevent him from featuring for a minimum of four months.”
With Souare’s contract expiring in January, the 33-year-old may have played his last game for the club.
Souare started five games early in the season before suffering a calf injury and had only made one substitute appearance since his initial comeback.
The news will likely pave the way for on-loan Blackburn left-back Georgie Gent to get more game time.
The 20-year-old has made four substitute appearances so far as Stephen O’Donnell and Brodie Spencer occupy the wing-back positions but he feels he has already developed on and off the park since moving north.
“I am enjoying it,” Gent said. “It’s good just to be in and around the first team and getting that experience.
“I thought in the summer I needed to get out on loan and get some games but in the end I think I just need some experience of being around a first team. I am training every day, getting better, learning new things. It is good for my development.”
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s cinch Premiership contest against Aberdeen, Gent added: “It’s a really competitive league, really physical. That’s good for my development. That aspect of the game, that physicality, is not really there in the under-21s. So I think that will make me better as a player.
“I am learning new things every day, even off the pitch, what the first team do, how they prepare for games. It’s a good learning curve for me.
“Being so young and moving away from home, it makes you into a man really. I am missing home sometimes but I am here to play football.
“I am not starting at the minute but coming off the bench is still good for my development, I am trying to make an impact for the team when I come on. I am sure I will get chances, I have just got to stay positive.”
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