McNerney facing explorative knee operation, but Payne set to return

Joe McNerney. Crawley v Luton. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160918-190859001
Joe McNerney. Crawley v Luton. Picture by Phil Westlake SUS-160918-190859001

Joe McNerney is facing at least another two weeks on the sidelines after undergoing an explorative knee operation today.

The centre-back has missed Crawley Town’s last four matches with a problem that is currently undiagnosed.

They hope putting a camera into the knee will shed light on the troublesome injury which has seen him sidelined since the 0-0 home draw with Accrington Stanley on October 22.

Midfielder Josh Payne, however, is set for an imminent return from an ankle injury that has limited him to just seven appearance this season - the last back on September 10.

Head coach Dermot Drummy said: “Josh Payne was close to getting on the bench (on Saturday) and I will see how he figures for Tuesday.

“Joe McNerney is having an explorative operation on Monday which is a minimum of two weeks, but we will know more once the cameras have been inside his knee.”

Sanchez Watt’s international clearance has come through and he is available for selection, while Conor Henderson was on the bench for the first time in the league.

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