DAVID Scullion could be sidelined for up to six weeks after picking up a medial ligament injury.
Scullion was forced off after scoring the third goal in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over derby rivals Ballymena United.
Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney admits the midfielder could be missing for the foreseeable future.
“It is hard to put a timescale on the recovery, but we are looking at three to six weeks,” he said.
“It was one of those impact collision and he had to come off straight away.
“I spoke to David on Tuesday night and he said it was improved, but we will have to wait and see the true extent of the damage.”
Kearney admits it is “unfortunate luck” for Scullion who had just returned to first team action.
“David was out of the side at the start of the season, but he got a chance about two weeks ago and Saturday was probably his best game so far,” Kearney added.
“It is typical that when a player is getting into top gear that this happens.
“But hopefully it won’t be long before David is back training and playing again.
“Injuries are part and parcel of any season. You try and avoid the muscular ones, such as hamstrings and calves, and you train hard to make sure those injuries don’t happen.
“But when it comes to an impact injury there isn’t really much you can do to prevent them from happening.
“Players are going into tackles and these things happen.”
Coleraine play Dungannon Swifts on Saturday.
Scullion is definitely ruled out and Jonny Watt is also recovering from a hamstring injury.