Sercombe to miss up to four months

City boss confirms extent of Sercs’ injury

Grecians manager Paul Tisdale confirmed that the ankle injury which Liam Sercombe sustained against Barnet will result in a sustained period on the sidelines.

The midfielder, who scored his first of the season against Plymouth last month, had to be helped off the field just after half-time against the Bees after taking a heavy blow.  And Tisdale confirmed that the 22-year-old would have to undertake a lengthy recovery.

“Liam’s going in for a procedure this afternoon,” said Tisdale on Thursday.  “It’s an operation just to correct his fracture.  It looks like he’ll be out for three months from training, which makes it four months for playing.  So to all intents and purposes, it puts him out for the season which is a real shame.  It’s a real loss for us.

“I’m sure he’s feeling very disappointed at the moment, and frustrated.  But it’s one of the things you have to accept in football.

The injury comes at an especially awkward time for the local boy, who had shown really positive signs in recent fixtures, including before he sustained his injury against Barnet.

“That was the irony really,” continued Tis.  “In that Barnet game, he was looking as purposeful and determined as I’ve seen him for a long time.  We’ve been encouraging him to find the form he’s shown on many occasions for the club in that midfield role, and he was showing it against Barnet.  He’d had a couple of good weeks, so it’s a real shame for us.”

Everyone at Exeter City Football Club would like to wish Liam a speedy recovery, and we look to forward to seeing him in back in a City shirt again soon.