Paul Warne talks about the injury sustained by Sean Raggett...
Rotherham United boss Paul Warne says that the injury sustained by Sean Raggett will require an operation.
The 24-year-old had to be withdrawn from the clash at the DW Stadium following what looked to be an innocuous near post clearance, but scans have revealed ligament damage to both his knee and his ankle, which will rule him out of action for the foreseeable future.
Warne admitted that it is a blow to lose the defender, who had impressed sufficiently to earn a place in the starting 11 for the last three fixtures, but is hopeful that with the help of both the Millers and Canaries’ medical staff he will be available quicker than initially expected.
“He went to block a cross on Saturday and he's damaged his ankle and his knee,” he explained to www.themillers.co.uk
“He’s having an operation so he's going to be out for a few months but hopefully we'll get him back this side of Christmas.
“It is a bit of a blow because he's been performing well and he's really settled down well at the club.
“We’ll assess it after the operation and see what’s best regarding where he has rehabilitation going forward.”
The Millers boss continued to express that whilst injuries are part and parcel of the game, the loss of Raggett comes at a particularly disappointing time for the player after impressing his manager with recent performances, but will now look to other members of squad to fill the void created by his injury.
“It's disappointing for Sean because he was really starting to show why we brought him to the club and he was enjoying playing,” Warne continued.
“He'd made the step up to this league seamlessly and he'll be a miss for me and the rest of the team.
“That said, it's 'next man up'. Unfortunately injuries happen in football all of the time and that's the reason we have a squad. I'll have to tweak the team a little bit but I have a lot of confidence in whoever steps in to take his place.
“We'll be in regular contact with Sean and we'll be doing everything we can as a club to ensure that he has the speediest possible recovery.”