Derry City manager Kenny Shiels is eager to learn the fate of star striker Rory Patterson after the 32-year-old was forced off injured on the first day of the season.
Patterson lasted just 28 minutes of Derry’s 4-1 win over Bohemians, and will be assessed by medical professionals to determine the extent of his injury.
“It’s medial ligaments of the knee with the block tackle,” Shiels told the Sun.
“We don’t know yet how long he will be out, it’s too early to say.
“He’s been so fit and so strong and healthy, it’s as fit as he’s ever been.”
Nathan Boyle replaced Patterson in the victory, scoring twice, with Shiels confident the 22-year-old can step up.
“We have to make adaptations to how we play if Rory is not playing,” Shiels continued.
“Nathan is a good player but he has to believe that.
“When he starts to believe that and we work on certain frailties that he has, he has so much potential to be up there in the upper echelons of the league.
“When he gets him to believe that, then he is going to have a good season.”