Jim Bentley labelled Peter Murphy’s second serious injury a “nightmare” but was delighted his Morecambe side won for their captain at Wycombe.
The skipper’s return to his former club lasted less than 15 minutes before he picked up a suspected cruciate knee ligament injury at Adams Park on Saturday.
Bentley revealed the midfielder was in tears at the half-time interval as he contemplated another spell on the sidelines having also injured medial knee ligaments, which ultimately led to a blood clot, on the opening day of the season.
The Shrimps rallied round however with Shaun Miller and Jamie Devitt on target in a fine 2-0 win.
Bentley said: “We’ve lost our skipper again which is an absolute nightmare.
“It’s a suspected cruciate knee ligament injury which is not nice.
“He’d been booked for a foul early on and he went in for a tackle and I was just thinking, ‘why’s he doing that when he’s on a booking?’
“But unfortunately we got the signal straight away that it was a bad one. (Shrimps Wembley winner) Garry Thompson shouted over, our players showed the signs and he (Murphy) says he heard a snap in his knee.
“That’s the downside of football. You come here today and have a fantastic result but it’s unbelievably bad luck for Peter Murphy against his former side.
“His family are here watching and everything. It’s rotten luck for him but we rallied round.
“He was in tears in the dressing room at half-time and the lads looked like they wanted to do it for him as much as themselves, the staff and fans who’d travelled down.
“I’m pleased we did it for Peter.”