Season over for McNamara
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wolves full back Jackie McNamara's season has come to a premature end.
Wolves full back Jackie McNamara's season has come to a premature end after suffering knee ligament damage.
The 31-year-old requires surgery on his right knee after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in a training ground accident.
The summer signing from Celtic will undergo reconstructive surgery next Thursday and Wolves manager Glenn Hoddle confirmed the setback as a "bitter blow".
"It's a massive blow for both the boy himself and the team," said Hoddle.
"It was such an innocuous challenge in training, on his standing foot, that you would never have imagined that the outcome would be so serious.
"There was a chance that he could recover without surgery so we gave him some time but it wasn't to be. It's a bitter, bitter blow."
The Scotland international has been to left to rue the most serious injury of his career.
McNamara had been looking forward to figuring in the club's push for Premiership promotion but must now contend with the prospect of a lengthy period of rehabilitation instead.
"It goes without saying that it is a devastating news," said McNamara."I've thoroughly enjoyed myself since my move to Molineux and I wanted to play my part in helping the club to get promotion.
"This is the most serious injury I've had in my career but it's happened and I just have to get on with things.
"I'm having the operation next week and then, after a recovery period, I'll be in the gym working on getting back."
McNamara has made just nine appearances for the Black Country outfit.