Kevin Blackwell rules out Shakers skipper for the rest of the season
Steven Schumacher will undergo surgery early next week in order to repair a double hernia injury that the club captain has been carrying for some time.
Speaking to Shakers Player this morning, Kevin Blackwell confirmed the news and said:-
“We knew Schuey had a hernia shortly after I arrived here, he’s been hanging in there since Christmas and it got to the point that if he had it done then, he would have been out for six weeks – which could have ruined the season, but to be fair to him, he has soldiered on through for the club.
Now it looks like a double hernia. The lads call him the tin man because as he bends down you can hear him creaking, but the hernia has gotten to the point of no return and he has felt that lack of sharpness. He’s had one or two chances that you would put your house on scoring. He is exemplary on the volley, but he just cannot lift the leg enough to get around the shot.
It’s affected the ability and the fluidity of him in shooting. He’s at that point now where it needs to be done so he will see a specialist today or tomorrow. He has to get it sorted now, we cannot afford for him to miss pre-season.
To lose him is a big blow, plus he’s our leading goalscorer. He’s not been himself of late, but he’s given it all for this club.”