Raith Rovers face defensive injury crisis for Saturday’s Scottish Cup clash with Elgin City



Raith Rovers have been hit with a defensive injury crisis ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup clash with Elgin City.

The Fifers already have Jason Thomson sidelined with a back problem and saw Lewis Toshney limp off during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with St Mirren.

(Pic: RaithTV)
(Pic: RaithTV)

Manager Ray McKinnon has revealed the former Celtic defender has injured his hamstring and is unlikely to be fit for the trip north.

With Thomson definitely out and set to be sent for scans on his back problem, McKinnon is considering recalling 19-year-old David Bates from his loan at Brechin City.

Rovers already have midfielder Iain Davidson filling in at centre-half to help plug the gap left by Thomson’s absence at right-back, and would be left with just two recognised defenders if Toshney is also sidelined.

McKinnon groaned: “The injury list is growing by the minute.

“Jason is out and is going to get scans on his back. Lewis Toshney did his hamstring on Tuesday night and Mitch Megginson has picked up a knee injury.

“I thought Iain Davidson was also going to have to come off on Tuesday and I was thinking ‘what do we do now? Jon Daly at centre-half?’.

“We’ve not got our problems to seek, that’s for sure.

“Lewis is very doubtful for Saturday, Mitch is out, Jason is out.

“We’ll need to look at a couple of things, one of which is maybe bringing Batesy back from his loan.”