There was extremely disappointing news for Felip Mentel today, as the goalkeeper was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Mentel, on loan from Dundee United, landed awkwardly during the Alloa Athletic match last week and tests have revealed a serious injury. The 21-year-old will now return to Tannadice for his recovery and Jim Duffy was quick to sympathise with Felip when he broke the news to the official website this evening:-
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with Felip as it’s a devastating blow for the lad. He got the results of the scan today and the extent of the injury means he will not play again this season.
“He did tremendously well for us. In many ways, the loan was working ideally for him. He worked hard, was playing regular football and was a popular figure on and off the park. For the club, I cannot disguise the fact that it is a major blow and as a team we will certainly miss his presence.
“Our success this season has been built on the back of the defence who have provided a solid foundation for the team and made us hard to beat. Felip’s injury comes on top of Declan Gallacher, who requires an operation and will be missing for two months, and Gavin Brown, who has torn his hamstring and will be out for a number of weeks. In the space of a few days we have lost three of our back five who have worked so well together and it is a huge setback.
“Our financial circumstances are no secret, I can’t just go out and replace the missing players so we will work with the players who are available and do our best by working hard for the club despite the setbacks over the last few days.”
Felip leaves Broadwood after featuring in twelve matches and goes with everyone’s best wishes for a speedy recovery ahead of the rest of his career.