Concerns as Raith Rovers skipper Jason Thomson ruled out with knee injury ahead of surgeon visit

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RAITH Rovers have suffered a hammer blow after skipper Jason Thomson was ruled out with a knee injury that could require surgery.

The former Hearts defender sat out Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Queen of the South and was sent for a scan on Tuesday in a bid to get to the bottom of the problem he picked up in training last Friday.

The 29-year-old has been ordered to miss Saturday’s clash with Dumbarton and the trip to face Morton next weekend but the scan results proved inconclusive.

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However, there are fears he could be set for an even longer spell on the sidelines as he awaits a meeting with a specialist.

Manager Gary Locke said: “We’ve lost Jason Thomson, which is a blow. He got a scan the other day there and it’s just a case of waiting to see what the surgeon says.

“It’s difficult to tell just now. The scans are telling us there might be a bit of tendonitis in his knee but it could be one or two other things.

“At the moment, everybody’s second guessing what it might be. So, once he sees the specialist we’ll have a better idea.

“It’s a big blow for us, because he’s the captain and you can see how important he is to the team when he’s not playing.”

Raith have lost their last three matches, including the IRN-BRU Cup tie to League Two Forfar Athletic, and are desperate to bounce back at home to Dumbarton.

But one look at the Sons squad, and the familiar faces in it, tells Locke how difficult that will be.

The Stark’s Park boss, who has keeper Kevin Cuthbert back in contention again after injury, added: “Dumbarton have held their own for a couple of years in this league and they’ve got a lot quality.

“There’s players I had myself at Hearts – Ryan Stevenson, Darren Barr and David Smith. The three of them are quality, so we know we’ll have to be at our best to get a result on Saturday.”

@IainCollin

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