The midfielder underwent surgery last month and will miss the remainder of 2012/13.
‚ÄúWe hope to have him back in action for next season and there will be a different role for him along the lines of how he played this season, sitting in front of the back four as the holding midfielder.
‚ÄúDarren coped well during the last few months and he made a return to football [after his initial spell on the sidelines] with 10 senior appearances. His treatment was going well, but the problem surfaced again and the advice was [to] have surgery. The decision was taken with Darren‚Äôs long-term health in mind just as much as getting back to his career.
‚ÄúIt hasn‚Äôt been an easy journey for him, but he has shown great courage. There isn‚Äôt a nicer boy at the club and he's a star professional. All his team-mates wish him well and I am sure the fans join me in wishing him a good recovery and a speedy return to football.‚ÄĚ