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Staggies defender could miss rest of season

Ross County's Liam Fontaine.
Ross County's Liam Fontaine.

Ross County defender Liam Fontaine could miss the rest of the season after scans revealed he has ruptured his achilles.

Staggies vice-captain Fontaine left the field on a stretcher during Saturday’s 1-0 Championship loss at home to Dundee United. The Englishman was making his comeback from a hamstring injury he had suffered in a victory over Ayr United three weeks previously.

After visiting a specialist in London on Wednesday, former Hibernian player Fontaine has received confirmation he has suffered a rupture, with the 32-year-old now facing an absence of around six months.

Staggies co-manager Steven Ferguson admits Fontaine could struggle to feature again this term, and he said: “Unfortunately it is what we feared with Liam – a ruptured achilles. He was down in London on Wednesday seeing a specialist and he will be operated on at the beginning of next week.

“It is a big blow for us and a big blow for Liam. There was nobody near him. He was back-pedalling, went to spring off and just ruptured it.

“With this type of injury, the return is too far away to guess – it’s going to be a fair chunk of the season.

“You always try to be positive but he isn’t going to have a massive part to play on the pitch this season.”

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