Morecambe's injury blow with in-form forward set to miss the rest of the season
Morecambe have been dealt an injury blow after manager Derek Adams said John O’Sullivan is set to miss the remainder of the campaign.
The Irishman limped off with a hamstring injury during last weekend’s win against Oldham Athletic at the Mazuma Stadium.
Speaking after that game, Adams had said the club was confident it wouldn’t be too bad but they would have to wait and see.
The 27-year-old then missed the midweek victory at Grimsby Town and, speaking ahead of Bolton Wanderers’ visit on Saturday, Adams outlined the situation.
“He will be out for the season,” the manager said of O’Sullivan, who has scored five times this season.
“He’s done very well for us and I think he will be missed but it meant we could give Freddie Price his first league start at Grimsby.”
O’Sullivan joins fellow wide man Jordan Slew in being on the sidelines for the Shrimps’ promotion battle.
However, it provides Price with an opportunity to stake a claim and justify the manager’s optimism in his abilities.
Adams has previously outlined his belief in Price’s potential, having seen the teenager impress when given an opportunity this season.
The initial aim was to send out the 18-year-old on loan to a non-league club, so that he could play senior football on a weekly basis.
However, his performances in training allied to his displays when given a chance with the first team, forced a rethink.
His first senior goal came in November’s Papa John’s Trophy win against Manchester United’s youngsters, before breaking his duck in the league at Cambridge United on Good Friday.
He performed well at Grimsby and Adams believes his squad’s team spirit will help the teenager overcome any nerves.
“He’s one that we have high hopes for,” the manager said.
“We have a tight-knit squad and that’s important for Freddie coming in, the boys will look after him and help him.
“The players have all shown a togetherness and that can take you a long way.
“They are a terrific group to work with, they have created a bond together and you see that on the pitch.”
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