Plymouth Argyle's Warren Feeney out for two months with ankle injury
ARGYLE striker Warren Feeney is likely to be sidelined for up to two months after suffering an ankle injury.
But Pilgrims boss John Sheridan admitted the prognosis could have been much worse as early estimates put Feeney out until the end of the season, leaving the Pilgrims dangerously short of striking options.
Former Northern Ireland international Feeney was injured minutes into last Saturday's 2-1 home victory over Morecambe.
The win lifted Argyle out of the League Two relegation zone and gave Sheridan his first win as the Greens' manager.
Sheridan has confirmed he is looking for more loan signings, with a striker likely to be top of his shopping list.
With Feeney injured and strike partner Nick Chadwick serving a six-match ban after he was sent off against Port Vale, Sheridan is left with a shortage of experienced men up front.
Rhys Griffiths, 17-year-old Tyler Harvey and new signing Ronan Murray – on loan from Ipswich until the end of the season – will all hope to come into the equation against Southend United away this Saturday.
But it was perhaps significant that following a friendly against Nike Academy at Home Park yesterday that Sheridan brought up Matt Lecointe's name.
Argyle 'reserves' won 7-0 against a collection of players who have yet to find a league club.
Sheridan was clearly pleased at how much effort his men had put into the game.
He said: "It was good exercise for the lads and it gave me a chance to look at one or two of the young players.
"I would have preferred a sterner test, but the attitude of the lads was excellent."
He added: "I know Matt Lecointe didn't score (he hit the crossbar after beating his man), but I thought he did very well.
"I was pleased with the attitude of all the lads – as I said I would have preferred a sterner test, but it is a good excuse to have a game for some of the players who haven't been playing for a while."
Sheridan said he was still trying to get some loan players into the club and added: "I am going to need a squad until the end of the season and people have got to be ready to play their part in case of suspensions or injuries.
"Warren's (Feeney) knocked a chip out of his ankle, but it's not as bad as was first thought.
"It was thought he might be out for the rest of the season, but it now seems it might be six to eight weeks."
Sheridan said he was settling well into his new club.
He was given a contract for the rest of the season after former manager Carl Fletcher was sacked.
Former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds player Sheridan said: "I'm new to the area, but everyone's trying to help."