Louis Thompson is set for an extended spell on the sidelines, manager Russell Martin has confirmed.
The midfielder limped off during last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Sunderland and initial diagnosis has confirmed he is likely to be out into the New Year, although an exact timeframe for a return has yet to be determined.
“It’s really disappointing news” Martin said in his pre-match press conference, ahead of this weekend’s visit of Hull City to Stadium MK.
“We will look to find out more this week when he sees a specialist. We hope to have him back before the end of the season but it certainly won’t be this side of Christmas. Hopefully around January or February time we can look at welcoming him back.”
The Dons acted swiftly to fill the void left by Thompson, securing the services of former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman on a short-term deal.
Surman, who has made over 450 senior appearances and spent the majority of his career playing in the Premier League, certainly fits the mould of a Russell Martin player and the boss is excited to see what his former Norwich City teammate can bring to the side.
“Surs [Andrew Surman] is someone I’ve spoken too for a while now, ever since he’s been without a club,” Martin said of his new recruit.
“I’d have loved to do it earlier but with everything going on it just wasn’t achievable. We are light on bodies with Louis out, so we needed someone in and I don’t think you’ll find a better free transfer at this stage of the season, that’s for sure.
“I know he had a few offers from Championship clubs earlier in the summer but he’s paid attention to what we are doing here and he really likes it. He’s excited to be here and will be a great addition.
“He’s someone I really trust and respect and adds experience to our spine of the team to help players improve. He won’t be match fit as he’s not played one for a while, but he’s ready to go and will be in the squad for Saturday.”
Despite the disappointing news regarding Thompson, Martin did have a more positive update when asked about his other injured players.
“George [Williams] is looking better; Houghts [Jordan Houghton] is back in training and ready to; Kieran is back on the pitch now and is getting there; and Joe Mason will be back with the squad in the next few days.”
The gaffer added: “With the amount of games coming up we need to make sure we manage people and look after them.”