Liddell blow for Latics
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Oldham striker Andy Liddell's season hangs in the balance because of injury.Oldham assistant manager John Breckin admits that Andy Liddell's season hangs in the balance.
The former Sheffield United favourite and Oldham's top goalscorer this season with 11 goals, has missed the club's last two matches with an Achilles injury.
Despite having recently had anti-inflammatory injections in a bid to relieve the problem, it has now become apparent that surgery may be required to solve the injury long-term.
If this does indeed prove to be the case then Liddell, arguably Oldham's most influential player, will be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign at the very least.
"There's a big risk he might need surgery - that's what we're worried about," said Breckin.
"He's due to see the specialist a week on Wednesday and we're just keeping our fingers crossed he doesn't need an operation because that would put him out for four to six months.
"So it's fingers crossed for him. He's been a quality signing for us since arriving in the summer. At this level he's done very well for us."
Another blow for Latics boss Ronnie Moore is injury to another striker, Chris Porter, who picked up a knock on Friday and now faces a couple of weeks on the sidelines.
There is brighter news though in the return to full training of defender Gareth Owen.