Manager Dave Challinor confirmed in his pre-match interview that defender Macauley Southam-Hales faces six to nine months out injured, after rupturing his patellar tendon in last weekend’s draw with Harrogate Town.
Macca went down injured at the end of the first-half of that game at Edgeley Park, suffering what a surgeon has since described as a ‘one in ten year’ injury.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s trip to Grimsby Town in League Two, the gaffer described the news as a huge blow for both Macca and the team, before stressing the importance of supporting the 28-year-old through this difficult period.
“He’s been in and around the place, as you’d expect he’s upset,” Challinor said. “But this is a good environment for him and we’ll all get around him, players, staff and supporters included, and make sure that he has the opportunity to come back better and stronger than he is currently. But it’s a long road ahead and he’ll need lots of support.”
Everyone at the club is devastated by this recent news, and we’re all right behind Macca as he undergoes his recovery.