Sukur breaks leg
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The forward was looking to make his debut in Sunday`s clash with Manchester United, but suffered a broken leg during a routine training session.
Sukur only recently signed for Rovers, after leaving Parma in the summer, and was looking to make up for lost time.
The striker has been battling niggling injuries for some time, but finally appeared to have shaken off the problems and was looking to attain match sharpness.
However, this latest setback will come as a blow to both player and manager Graeme Souness.
"We've had a bit of a nightmare really," Souness told Radio Rovers. "Hakan Sukur was going to be involved today.
"He has worked really hard to get his fitness up, he was flying, he was going through on goal in a small game we were playing, Jay McEveley came over to challenge him, there's not been a great deal of contact, but the way the pitches were on Friday, they were frozen underneath, he's slipped, and he's crushed the top of his tibia.
"So he's going to be out for eight weeks.
"It's an absolute nightmare for him, and a nightmare for us.
"I've worked with the boy before and I was really looking forward to introducing him in the second-half of the game today, but it is not to be, we are going have to wait a bit longer.
"It could have been a lot worse, the worse scenario was that it could have been a cruciate ligament, but fortunately it is not that and we now know what it is, so it is eight weeks and not eight months."
The Scot was looking to lift some of the goalscoring burden off the shoulders of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, but he will have to wait until at least February to field Sukur.