Luke ruled out of the squad for festive period
Luke Summerfield has been ruled out of Shrewsbury Town's busy festive programme of matches with the midfielder facing a hernia operation.
Summerfield was forced to miss Saturday's 2-1 win over Carlisle United and manager Graham Turner has confirmed the former Plymouth and Cheltenham man is set to be sidelined for a number of weeks.
"It depends how quickly we can get him in for surgery but we're hoping to get him in early next week," said the boss.
"It's more or less confirmed he needs a hernia operation so the best case scenario will probably be three to four weeks out but it could be five to six if there are any hold ups.
"But certainly as quickly as we can get it done we will and he'll be rehabilitating and back in action before too long I'm sure."
The manager confirmed it was a blow to both the player and the club as he believes Summerfield has been one of Town's most consistent performers this season.
But he said it was now a chance for the likes of Aaron Wildig and Asa Hall to push for a starting place in midfield.
Graham added: "It's particularly arduous for the squad at this time of the year when the games are coming so thick and fast. You can miss four weeks at a certain time of the season any maybe only miss three games.
"But now's he's going to miss six and that's a big blow to us.
"But we can get over it as Aaron Wildig's been waiting patiently to get in there and Asa Hall's on the sidelines and wants to be in the side.
"Luke has played well in midfield. He's used the ball well, he's got terrific energy in there and he probably has been the most consistent player so far."