Darren Barr to undergo season ending surgery

Darren Barr is will miss the rest of the season.
Darren Barr is will miss the rest of the season.

Ross County defender Darren Barr will have cruciate ligament surgery tomorrow which will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Barr joined County on a one-year contract from Kilmarnock in the summer, having missed a large part of last season with a hip injury.

The news comes as a further blow for the 29-year-old, who suffered the injury against the Dons on Monday, November 3.

Manager Jim McIntyre fears it is inevitable Barr will miss the remainder of the season and said: “He’ll be out for a minimum of six months. It’s a cruciate ligament so I don’t think it’ll be any less time than that.”

McIntyre also confirmed fellow long-term absentee Rocco Quinn, ruled out until February with a hip injury, will come off his crutches next week.

McIntyre has urged his side to be more clinical in attack following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against St Johnstone.

McIntyre’s men did not struggle to create chances, but he reckons they must be more clinical.

He added: “We played really well in the second-half against St Johnstone and we should have taken something from the game.

“But we’ve got to take our chances when they come and I think that was the difference between the sides.

“St Johnstone weren’t that much better than us in the first-half, but they were certainly more of a threat.

“But our second-half performance against St Johnstone was excellent. We created a number of opportunities but we just didn’t have that final touch on it. That was the disappointing thing.”

County midfielder Filip Kiss was adamant he should have had a penalty after appearing to be taken down by Chris Millar, however McIntyre feels his side must take responsibility for the chances they missed.

McIntyre added: “Rather than talk about penalty decision that went against us, I would rather look at the fact we created a couple of chances but never took them. I think that was the difference.

“It was great to see big Jake Jervis get his goal. I thought he put in a really strong performance again.

“That’s two games in a row now where he been really working hard for the team, winning a lot of headers and doing what a forward needs to do.

“He’s taking on board what we’re saying. I thought he played really well. It’s up to us to show belief in him. Then it’s up to Jake to take it on and show what a good player he is, because we certainly think he is.”

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