Nov 23 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
Killie’s Liam Kelly could be ruled out for three months following a training ground accident on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old midfielder was in hospital having X-rays taken on an injured shoulder on Wednesday afternoon, as the Kilmarnock Standard went to press.
Killie’s number eight had just earned his first senior Scotland cap in a 2-1 win in Luxembourg last week.
Gaffer Kenny Shiels was praying Kelly hadn’t suffered a broken collar bone like team-mate Paul Heffernan who was out for the beginning of the season.
Shiels said: “Liam fell awkwardly on his shoulder and was in a bit of pain. He’s gone for scans and it could be his collar bone or his clavicle. I’m hoping it is not broken, only badly hurt.
“It’s really disappointing for Kelly and for everyone else because we were just starting to get all of our injured players back.”
The gaffer is happy to have fellow midfielders Garry Hay and Danny Racchi “on the mend.”
He said: “They are in rehab and both played with the Under-20s on Tuesday.”
Shiels admitted the pair won’t be fit in time for Saturday’s home game against St Johnstone. Steve Lomas’ men currently sit a point above Killie in fifth spot before their trip to Rugby Park.
And Shiels says he is out to avenge their 2-1 defeat in Perth last month.
“We got beat up there but we want to try and remedy that and get ourselves back into a more consistent run of results,” said Shiels.
On Friday night, a last-gasp header from Dundee United captain John Daly cost the Ayrshire side third spot in the table.
Killie had to settle for a 3-3 draw at Tannadice after own two-goal hitman Cillian Sheridan plus a strike from Paul Heffernan looked to have secured victory.
Shiels said: “The Sheridan and Heffernan partnership is working very well up front. I want to cement that and keep it going.”
It looks like the Irish duo will lead the charge against St Johnstone.
Sheridan is sitting joint third with Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn in this season’s SPL list of top scorers with seven goals.
Heffernan has fired in three goals in the past two games. St Johnstone is the only SPL team that the 30-year-old hasn’t managed to score against in the teams that make up the SPL. Saturday’s kick-off is 3pm.
Killie will face Queen of the South in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Rugby Park next Saturday.
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