Club captain Lee Kilday is searching for a solution to a long-standing ankle problem after suffering a setback just as he looked close to a full recovery.
The 25-year-old underwent an ankle operation during the summer and returned to training last month in the belief he was not far off featuring in an Under-20s match after missing the opening months of the campaign.
However, Kilday recently experienced a negative reaction and looks set for more times on the sidelines, leaving gaffer Jim Duffy gutted for his skipper.
When asked for an update on the defender’s condition, he said: “We’ve just hit a brick wall with Lee. We thought a few weeks ago that he was close and we were delighted to have him back training with the first-team.
“But he’s had another set-back on his ankle. We’ve had various consultants having a look at it, and scans … we’ve tried everything and just don’t seem to be getting to the root of the problem.
“It’s very. very frustrating for Lee more than anything. It’s been such a long time. He’s the club captain and he’s been such an important player for us over the last three years.
“So I really feel for the boy, but sometimes with these things you just can’t put your finger on it. So we’ll just keep searching for the answer.”
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