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'Gutted' City left to pick up pieces of Shane injury

By Craig Christie

THE dreaded cruciate ligament knee injury has ended Shane Sutherland’s Elgin City season in agony.

Shane Sutherland
Shane Sutherland

City boss Jim Weir called it the “worst possible news” but is urging his club to support the stricken player through his surgery and recovery.

Sutherland is unlikely to play again in 2017 after a scan on Sunday revealed he has ruptured the ACL in his left knee.

With Elgin struggling for results in his absence over the past five weeks before discovering the extent of the injury, the club’s promotion hopes hang in the balance.

Manager Weir wants the rest of his squad to pick up the pieces and continue their push for the play-offs and a spot in League 1 next term.

He also wants Sutherland to be back in a City shirt next season, and called for the club to pay for his operation and back him through his rehabilitation.

“First and foremost I’m gutted for Shane,” said Weir. “He was having an excellent season, certainly on his way to being top goalscorer in the league. For me he’s one of the top players in the league if not the top player.

“At a crucial period in the season for himself and for the club itself, it is the worst possible news.”

Full story, and Elgin captain Archie Macphee's rallying call in today's Northern Scot print edition

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