Pascali out for the season

  • Last Updated: February 21 2013, 14:50 GMT

Kilmarnock have been dealt a major blow with the news that skipper Manuel Pascali's season is over.

Manuel Pascali: Set for surgery on a hamstring problem
Manuel Pascali: Set for surgery on a hamstring problem

The Italian defender is set for surgery on a hamstring problem next week that will rule him out of action for the remainder of the campaign.

Pascali was forced out of last weekend's 3-0 win over Hearts before discovering the severity of the injury.

Boss Kenny Shiels said: "He's out for the season and it's a big blow for us.

"We really feel for him because he is such a good person around the players and he's a good captain.

"We are going to miss him off the pitch and on the pitch.

"It's really difficult to take in, the way we have been hit. We have taken a big hit since January.

"The boys have stepped up and we need them to step up again. It's a big loss."

Pascali endured a similar setback this time last year when he suffered a broken leg - a month before Kilmarnock lifted the Scottish Communities League Cup.

Shiels added: "He had the injury going into last season's final and we've got a cup quarter-final this time so it's going to be difficult for him but he's a strong boy."

Shiels has other selection issues ahead of this weekend's visit of Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Momo Sissoko is struggling with a virus and is rated doubtful, while Jeroen Tesselaar has been told he cannot play wearing a cast after hurting his hand in training.

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