Midfielder Chris McCann has been ruled out of football for a minimum of six months after undergoing surgery to repair his cruciate ligament. Chris came off at Wembley during the first half with a knee injury and was then ruled out in September after coming off again, this time in the home win against Sunderland. At the time we were told it would be two to three months but it was January before he could make a return. That return lasted just over a game before his season was virtually wiped out again.He returned in pre-season but when he was forced off the pitch in the first of three games in Singapore there were more concerns and that has resulted in Chris today having full reconstructive surgery to repair the cruciate ligament.An upset manager Brian Laws said: "It is devastating news, not only for the football club but particularly for a player who has had a dreadful time trying to overcome anterior cruciate damage from over a year ago."Chris has had niggles consistently over a period of time and it got to a point where we needed a second opinion. Unfortunately, that opinion is that he needs a full reconstruction and that we are now going to lose him for a minimum of six months."We must make sure it's clear to everyone that this is not career threatening and the plus is that he will make a full recovery and eventually be 100 per cent right and not looking at percentages on whether he will be fit or not."Laws added: "In hindsight, which is a wonderful thing, the direction taken in the first place on the original injury was sceptical. Many surgeons don't want to go down the intrusion line unless it is absolutely necessary."They were hoping the ligament would re-attach itself in normal circumstances and let the body do the recovery. Unfortunately, for Chris, the ligament has not attached where it should and that has left the knee fairly unstable."Twelve months of Chris's career have been missing, but hopefully he will make that up in the not too distant future."It really is the worst possible news on McCann and everyone at Clarets Mad wishes him a speedy and full recovery and we look forward to him returning to the side later this season.