Oct 12 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
KILLIE midfielder Danny Racchi has been ruled out for a month with a knee problem.
The 24-year-old will undergo an operation on his right knee today (Thursday).
Racchi has become a first team regular, playing in all of Killie’s league games this season so far.
Boss Kenny Shiels admits losing Racchi was a blowfor his side currently sitting mid-table.
Shiels said: “Danny has been doing well and it’s unfortunate to lose him at this time.”
Racchi played in Killie’s 3-1 defeat at home to Aberdeen on Saturday.
The Rugby Park men had taken an early lead when defender Ryan O’Leary guided the ball home with his knee on three minutes.
It was the 25-year-old’s first senior goal of his career.
Shiels said: “I was very disappointed we got beaten. I felt we were in control of the game in the first half but we made too many mistakes, conceding three goals in the second half.
“I just want to try and get ourselves back to normal. It’s not easy after a defeat to get everybody positive again.”
There are no SPL games this weekend with Scotland’s World Cup qualifying double header against Wales on Friday and Belgium on Tuesday.
Shiels is only giving his players a day off tomorrow (Friday).
He said: “We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and facing St Johnstone on October 20.”
Shiels is hopeful striker Paul Heffernan (broken collar bone), keeper Cammy Bell (wrist) and defender Jeroen Tesselaar (hamstring) will be back to full fitness for the trip to Perth.
Veteran Garry Hay is still recuperating following a knee operation.