Exeter City manager Matt Taylor confirmed that midfield Hiram Boateng is likely to be out for months after picking up an injury in mid-week.
The former Bristol Rovers player was injured in the warm-up before the Grecians clash at Crawley Town on Tuesday and later underwent scans with manager Taylor playing down the knock, stating it was a muscular injury after the game.
That has now proven to be incorrect, with the scan revealing a tear to his hip flexor, putting him out of action for the foreseeable future.
“It’s not good… it’s not good at all,” he told local media after going down 2-1 to Forest Green. “It’s going to be months. He’s got a bad tear in his hip flexor, so he will be out for a long period of time, but it is what it is. We can’t do anything about it.”
Taylor praised the influence of his midfielder so far this season, but sounded dejected and concerned in doing so.
“Hiram’s been outstanding for us this season and you can say that we missed him today, but I can’t keep saying it for the next 6-8 weeks. He just has to get on his training programme and get back as soon as he can and we have to find a way of playing better than we showed today and without Hiram in the team.”
Exeter are currently third in the table, four points behind leaders Lincoln City, but only in the automatic zone on goal difference.
This is a huge injury blow, Boateng has been outstanding for the Grecians this season, but they’ll have to find a way to manage without his probing runs on the left.
It’s going to be an interesting few weeks now as they look to cement a promotion assault without one of their key players.