Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says captain Peter Murphy’s season can be “written off” after his second serious injury.
Just six games into a comeback having damaged medial knee ligaments, which led to a blood clot, on the opening day of the season the Shrimps skipper picked up a cruciate problem against former club Wycombe on Saturday.
Bentley said: “As soon as you hear that ACL you know it’s months.
“It’s a long-term one for him and his season will be written off.
“It’s not nice for us but even more so for him. He’s had terrible luck with his blood condition and the medial knee ligament injury he picked up eight or nine minutes into his debut at Hartlepool on the opening day.
“He’s just come back and his first couple of appearances were good and we knew he’d have a bit of a dip because he’s been out of the game for that long.
“He was showing good signs of getting fitter and stronger but to get the injury against his former club with his family there watching was just an absolute disaster for him.
“That’s part and parcel of the game and we’ll have to run without him now.”
Murphy is expected to have surgery in the next two weeks once the swelling on the injury has gone down with the club hoping he can return for pre-season.
It is the second time he has suffered cruciate ligament damage after picking up a similar injury in his opposite knee when he was at Accrington as a youngster.
Aaron McGowan’s comeback from injury also suffered a setback on Tuesday as he suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem in the behind closed doors game at Liverpool’s academy.
First-team players Jon Flanagan and Jose Enrique played for Liverpool whose fourth goal in a 4-0 win was scored by Garstang youngster Adam Phillips.
A mix and match Shrimps team included Jamie Devitt and Aaron Wildig.