Crocked McFadden facing lengthy lay-off

17 September 2010 06:19
irmingham star James McFadden will be out of action "for the foreseeable future" after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage on Friday.[LNB] The 27-year-old Scotland forward will see a specialist on Monday with a view to undergoing surgery on the injury he picked up in training on Friday morning.[LNB]A club statement read: "Birmingham City can confirm that James McFadden sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage to his left knee in training today.[LNB]"McFadden will see a specialist on Monday with a view to surgery and will be out of action for the foreseeable future."[LNB]McFadden has featured in all four of Blues' Premier League games so far this season as well as Scotland's opening two Euro 2012 qualifiers earlier this month.[LNB]The former Motherwell and Everton striker's only goal of the campaign to date came in last month's Carling Cup victory over Rochdale.[LNB]Scotland manager Craig Levein, whose career was ended prematurely by a knee injury, expressed his sympathies for McFadden and backed the player to bounce back.[LNB]He said: "I know more than anyone how devastating a cruciate ligament injury can be and my sympathies go to James.[LNB]"Having said that, he's a strong character and I'm sure he will overcome it.[LNB]"I'm not even going to get into what this means for Scotland because at this stage the most important thing is that he recovers and gets his career back on track.[LNB]"On behalf of the squad, the backroom staff and, I'm sure, the Scotland supporters, I wish him a speedy recovery."[LNB]

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