Scan reveals problem and NKP will need operation
Defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival season is over after scans revealed he is suffering with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
He had been a key part Shrews season so far, playing 28 of Towns 30 league matches, and also scoring one goal, heading in during a 3-1 home win against Cheltenham in October.
The centre-back, 27, who has been nicknamed Rolls-Royce by the Shrewsbury players hobbled off in a recent clash and manager Micky Mellon’s initial fears were confirmed following the scan.
“He has a cruciate knee ligament injury, so he will be out for sometime.” said Micky.
“For us to collect three knee injuries to players like Knight-Percival, Andy Mangan and James Wesolowski has been a big blow for the lads first and foremost and for us as a group as they are three influential players.
“Don’t expect any of them back anytime soon, but they will get the care they need in order to make sure we can get them back for next season at some stage.”
And Micky believes he may now have to strengthen his squad, and although he does have the emergency loan window available he reaffirmed he would not bring people in for the sake of it.
“Everybody who was fit travelled tonight; Keith Southern will be back from his suspension after the next game, which will take us up to 19 or 20 players so we will have a look at it.
But like I have always said I won’t bring players in for numbers, at the end of the day we are a team who we believe can get results but if someone pop up who we feel the club can do business and maybe get someone in.”