Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says Jack Redshaw’s injury has “taken the gloss” off a good start to pre-season.
The Shrimps’ top scorer last season needs hip surgery after picking up an injury in the opening friendly win against Burnley last Tuesday night and is set to be out for four or five months.
With Bentley already hoping to add former Accrington Stanley striker Padraig Amond to the squad, the Morecambe manager said it would be difficult to bring in another player to replace Redshaw.
Bentley said: “It’s been a good pre-season.
“The fitness levels have been good, the spirit has been good and the performances have been decent.
“We’re looking forward to the start of the new season but the news about Jack has taken the gloss off things.
“Everyone is gutted about it.
“Jack, the players, the fans and the staff but we’ve got to get on with it.
“Someone else now gets the chance to step up the plate.
“It’s going to be difficult to bring someone in at the moment.”
The news came after it was revealed the Shrimps had turned down a bid from Rotherham for the diminutive front man.
Bentley said: “It’s nice for the players to get recognition, especially one that we’ve brought through.
“But I’m delighted that the board backed me and turned it down.
“It shows that despite the financial climate they were prepared to keep a player who was an important part of our plans.”
After victory over Burnley last Tuesday night in their pre-season opener and a behind-closed-doors draw with Blackpool on Saturday, the Shrimps’ build-up to the new campaign continues when Middlesbrough visit the Globe Arena tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17.
Chris McCready should continue his return from ankle surgery after playing 45 minutes against the Seasiders on Saturday.
Marcus Marshall and the out of contract Danny Carlton missed out against Blackpool with knocks but should feature on Wednesday.
Andy Parrish however is still struggling with a tight hamstring and Will Bell won’t feature due to an ankle problem.
Bentley said: “Chris coming back is a big plus for us.
“We’ve looked a little light in defence without him.”