Preston North End loan defender Calvin Ramsay will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
The Scotsman signed on loan from Liverpool earlier this summer, with a view to playing a key role at right wing-back in Ryan Lowe’s 3-5-2 system. Ramsay linked up with PNE late due to finishing rehabilitation on an injury with his parent club. The former Aberdeen man played three matches for the Reds last campaign, in all competitions.
He joined North End’s pre-season training in mid-July and was in line for minutes against Salford City in the Carabao Cup, but was not involved in the match night squad come the game. And it has transpired that Ramsay has been dealt another injury blow, though the specifics of the issue are undisclosed.
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Manager Ryan Lowe said: “He’s just had a bit of a setback and we’ll make sure we monitor him now. If it takes six to eight weeks, whatever it takes, we’ll make sure we’ll build him up and get him stronger. There’s a lot of rumours that he’s going back to Liverpool and the loan’s being cancelled, that’s not going to happen.”
Lowe added: “The lad is disappointed and so are we, but these things happen in football. He hasn’t played many games over the last 12 months and again, we have a duty of care to all our players – even though he’s not ours permanently. We will certainly do that and when he’s fit and available, we’ll make sure he’s ready.
“I think Calvin was getting there. His fitness was getting up to speed, because he wasn’t anywhere near the levels. We were disappointed with that when he came to us; we had to do a few extra things with him to build him up. But, I think everything happens for a reason. I am a big believer in that and I think this has set him back, knowing that when he gets fully fit next time there will be no setback then. So, we’ll work with Liverpool on it and make sure we do the right things.”
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