Blackpool midfielder Southern cleared of serious knee injury

Blackpool midfielder Keith Southern's knee injury is not as bad as first feared.

Blackpool midfielder Keith Southern's knee injury is not as bad as first feared.

The tough-tackling 26-year-old was carried off with suspected medial ligament damage during the Tangerines' pre-season friendly loss at Bristol City on Saturday.

Southern will still miss the start of the Barclays Premier League season but his lay-off is likely to be weeks rather than months.

The former Everton trainee told the club's website: "I had a scan and I was fearing the worst, not only my medial ligament but my cruciate ligament as well.

"I had a bit of good news on Monday night and it's neither. I've torn a muscle that attaches to the kneecap, so I'm still going to be out a little while, but it's very positive in that I haven't damaged any of the main structures to the knee."

 
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