Peterhead midfielder Andrew McCarthy will miss the first six weeks of the new season after tests revealed the extent of damage to his ankle following a tackle from former team-mate Josh Mulligan in Saturday’s Friendly with Dundee.
There were fears that the 23-year-old had suffered a break in the crunching challenge with Balmoor manager Jim McInally saying: “The news that Andrew will be out for six weeks is a bit bitter-sweet. We do not want him out for any time, but at one stage at the weekend we thought he was facing a lengthier lay-off.”
“There was no maliciousness in the challenge, and Andrew and Josh got on well when Josh was here, however it looks like we have paid the price for Josh looking to impress his new manager with a really robust challenge in the last minute of a game.”
“Andrew was a big player for us last season, and I was delighted when he re-signed and I am looking forward to having him available again soon. He came back to pre-season in terrific shape and hopefully that will speed things up.”
“His injury leaves an already small squad one done but we will do what we have always done and concentrate on what we have as opposed to what is missing.”