Dayton blow for Killie
Mixu Paatelainen suspects that James Dayton will miss the remainder of the SPL season through injury.
Last Updated: 14/09/10 9:07am
Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen suspects that promising winger James Dayton will miss the remainder of the SPL season through injury.
The 21-year-old summer signing scored a stunning 30-yard strike against St Mirren before being stretchered off in agony after suffering cruciate ligament damage.
Although the exact length of time Dayton will need on the sidelines is unknown, Paatelainen believes he will be out for months - if not the whole season.
The Finn has bemoaned the timing of the injury as the ex-Crystal Palace youngster had impressed during his short time at Rugby Park this term.
"James has unfortunately done his cruciate ligament so he will be out for many months," conceded Paatelainen. "We will know more after he has seen the specialist.
"It's a big blow as he has done so well since he came here and what a goal he scored against St Mirren. That shows what he can produce.
"But now he will probably be out for the season. James caught his studs in the turf as he went to turn, there was no tackle and as he turned it just went."
Meanwhile, another new face - David Silva - is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring strain against the Buddies although Paatelainen is hoping he will be back sooner rather than later.
"He could be two or three weeks," he continued. "Hopefully it will respond to treatment."