Smith's Injury Worse Than Suspected

Barry Smith will be out for longer than expected after surgery revealed that he had torn cartilage in his knee.

The news appeared in an article by Chris Fitzgerald in today's Greenock Telegraph. The article doesn't say when Smith will be back but Smith does say: “I’m really hoping to get back in there before the end of the season and help the team stay up.”

I also hope that he's back as soon as possible. Smith brings experience - Davie Irons must agree, one of his first acts as manager was to install him as Captain - and calm to a back line that sorely needs these qualities.

Smith has incidated that he is keen to stay on at Cappielow beyond the end of his loan spell from Icelandic club Valur. However the aforementioned knee problems might mean that those in charge at Cappielow may not want to take the risk of extending his contract. If that is indeed the case alternative central defenders must be identified in the summer. Stewart Greacen and Ryan Harding just aren't consistent enough to be considered first team regulars at this level.

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