ALEX Kenyon and Andrew Fleming have both suffered knee injuries and will undergo operations on Wednesday morning.
Alex Kenyon suffered a bucket handle tear to his medial meniscus of the left knee during training on Friday morning and will likely be out of action for six to eight weeks.
Andrew Fleming’s scan however has revealed a more severe injury in that the 30 year old has a chondral defect to the weight bearing surface of his left knee.
Fleming will likely be out for five months with a six week non weight bearing period following surgery.
The Shrimps’ Head Physiotherapist, Simon Farnworth, said: “Although Alex Kenyon’s out for six to eight weeks we initially feared that he had suffered a cruciate ligament injury as he had reported a popping sensation at the moment of injury, which would have lead to a much longer layoff.
“Fleming’s injury came as quite a surprise. He came in after training on Thursday with a slightly swollen knee and an MRI scan revealed that he had chronic changes to the surface of the knee joint.
“Eventually with these types of injuries the surface of the joint breaks up causing swelling and in this case blocking of the joint.”
Boss Jim Bentley added: “It’s an absolute hammer blow to lose another two valuable members of the squad to injury.
“They are both big players for us and in the case of Fleming, we’re arguably losing our best performer this season so far.
“On top of James Sinclair’s injury it’s been a terrible few days for us injury-wise but it’s part and parcel of football. We have to accept it, remain positive and it now creates opportunities for others to step up and perform.”