Darren Pratley injury update

Club captain set for surgery and prolonged period on the sidelines

Phil Parkinson has confirmed that skipper Darren Pratley is set for an operation and prolonged period on the sidelines.

Pratley was stretchered from the field of play in the season’s opening game against Sheffield United.

An initial prognosis showed that the midfielder had fractured a bone in his leg, but further scans have since revealed ankle ligament damage which will require surgery to stabilise.

And the manager has now confirmed that Pratley will undergo an operation next week which could sideline the skipper for around 14 weeks.

“Darren is having an operation on Tuesday,” the manager said in his pre-Wimbledon press conference. “Unfortunately for us, the injury is worse than first feared.

“It appears that there is some ligament damage as well as the fracture, so we’re looking at around 14 weeks until he is in a position to be near playing again.”

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