McEachran ACL injury confirmed

Josh McEachran.
Josh McEachran.

He is facing an ACL injury that will take him months away and he needs surgery.

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet says that he expects to be without the services of Josh McEachran for up to nine months after the midfielder damaged his knee during Tuesday night's FA Cup win against Coventry City

The midfielder was stretchered off in severe pain just 18 minutes into the game, with what has now been confirmed to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

"He is facing a tough moment," admitted Blues Head Coach Clotet.

"He knows he has all our support of everyone at the Club.

"He is facing an ACL injury that will take him months away and he needs surgery.

"It is very similar to the one suffered by Maikel Kieftenbeld - six-to-nine months.

"I spoke to him this morning, he has never had an injury before, I saw him very focused, very mature about this situation.

"He knows the ACL these days is not a career finisher like it was, it is a bump on the road."

Meanwhile, Jacques Maghoma who also limped off in the Coventry game, also faces a spell on the sidelines.

The winger injured the quad muscle in his thigh.

"He (Maghoma) does not require surgery but we are estimating six weeks away for him."

Meanwhile, Clotet confirmed that there is some positive news regarding Dan Crowley, Kerim Mrabti and Maikel Kieftenbeld.

"Dan Crowley looks like he's in the last moments of his recovery," he said

"We will possibly look to integrate him in training on Sunday, but we will assess if he's ready because we don't want to take extra risks.

"And Kerim is possibly a couple of weeks behind him.

"Maikel I'm expecting him to play today (for the Under-23s) for 75 minutes, and possibly be ready to be on the bench very, very soon."