Mansfield Town centre half David Mirfin’s season is over.
The experienced defender has not played since a recurrence of a knee injury at Blackpool in early December and, after having an operation on it, recovery has been slow and mentally tough.
“His season is over without a doubt and then he has got a tough summer ahead,” said boss David Flitcroft.
“He will be working all summer to try to get himself ready for the start of next season.
“He’s done the hard miles but there are still loads of hard miles left.”
He added: “He is coming on okay but it’s a slow process and was always going to be.
“He has not been able to get around the players as much as I’d have wanted him too.
“David is now eating with us and in the dressing room. He is part of what we do and someone you can draw from his experience.
“With an injury like he has had, it’s mentally tough for any player to deal with.
“Being around and socialising with the first team and staff is important as it can be a lonely road being injured for that length of time.”