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INJURY SETBACK FOR PERTH ACE

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ST JOHNSTONE midfielder Murray Davidson has been told by specialists he will not need an operation on his ankle injury – but he will be out for several weeks.

The former Livingston player had to be quickly replaced when he called off in the warm-up before the draw against Rangers at Ibrox 10 days ago.

There is damage to the bone and the Perth outfit will have a clearer indication within the next few days as to how long he will be out. It’s likely he will be missing for between three to six weeks.

One player who will be taking the field against Hearts at Tynecastle this afternoon is striker Steven MacLean, who has started the season well with his latest goal coming in the shock 2-1 loss against Partick Thistle a week ago.

Saints boss Tommy Wright said: “Steven has done okay for us with his goals and overall play. He has performed well and, hopefully, will continue to do so.”

But MacLean was fuming at the defeat which saw his team topple from second in the Premiership to fifth.

He said: “It’s really frustrating. Thistle have taken the three points and it’s cost us second place. We’ve been done by a set-piece again and a mistake at the second goal.

“These things happen, though, and we have to move on. But we need to cut out the silly mistakes.” 

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