Southend United manager Phil Brown has confirmed that Ben Coker will miss up to four month of the season with the elbow injury he suffered against Oxford United.
Coker went for a second scan today (Wednesday) in which the true extent of his elbow injury was confirmed.
The defender will miss four months of action having ripped the tendons and damaged the ligament in his elbow.
Manager Phil Brown said: “Ben will be out for four month and it’s a big blow for us. We were very disappointed to hear the news.
“He has been a very important player for us since he arrived at the club, but he’ll be out for a while because he needs an operation.
“He has ripped the tendon muscles by his tricep and there is ligament damage too which means it is a nasty injury.
“The surgeon said he’d never seen this sort of injury before. It’s a rarity in football but we’ve now got Ben and Michael Timlin both our with shoulder injuries.
“We all wish Ben a speedy recovery and hope to have him back with us as soon as possible.”