Lichties’ weekend rest as Sheerin faces lengthy lay-off

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ARBROATH player/manager Paul Sheerin could be sidelined for up to six weeks after the injury he sustained in the match against Brechin City is worse than first thought.

The boss is set to undergo surgery next week after injuring his knee in the 3-2 derby win against Brechin City two weeks ago.

His absence will be a big blow to the side with Mr Sheerin being one of the key players for the Lichties.

But he told HeraldSport that sitting on the touchline is just something he is going to have to get used to for the time being.

He said: “Unfortunately I have to go in for an op within the next week which rules me out possibly for up to six weeks.

“It is a blow for me although the players might be glad I can’t niggle them on the pitch for a while.

“But sitting on the touchline is just something I will have to get used to and I can’t really complain as I haven’t had to have an operation in my playing career.

“It will be frustrating but at least I will still be involved which helps.”

The Lichties are without a game this weekend due to international fixtures but to keep the players ticking over, a closed doors game was played last night (Thursday) against Dundee.

And Mr Sheerin added he hoped the week off wouldn’t derail the run which has seen the Gayfield men sit top of the table with two points in hand.

He added: “I would have preferred to play tonight (Friday) and then train Monday but we had to go for last night.

“It will give the players who maybe haven’t played as much the chance to keep their match fitness.

“The last international break probably came at a beneficial time as we had a few injuries and it gave us the chance to get people back fit.

“Hopefully it won’t derail us too much as we have been on a good run since the Stenhousemuir game and it would be nice to finish the quarter next week with points.

“It will be another big derby against Forfar next week and no doubt the fans will be up for it.”

On Saturday, the Lichties had to settle for a 1-1 draw against second placed Cowdenbeath at Gayfield which brought their run of six straight defeats to an end.

But reflecting on the game now, the boss believes that perhaps his side should have nicked the win.

He explained: “Initially I thought a draw was fair but looking back we maybe shaded it with the number of clear cut chances we had.

“Though saying that, Cowdenbeath maybe feel they could have had two or three goals in the first half.

“We have had other games when we were more comfortable than that and they were a well drilled and well organised side.”

On Saturday at full time, Mr Sheerin described the encounter as the proverbial game of two halves with Cowdenbeath dominating the first 45 minutes and the Lichties emerging on top after the interval.

And the manager feels the changes he made in the second half may have boosted his sides’ chances.

“We didn’t have much width in the first half”, he said.

“But that was down to myself and Stuart as we decided to tweak things with Sibby coming into the team.

“We were maybe a bit too narrow but we changed that and we seemed to improve.”