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On-loan Haber out for season with knee injury

St Johnstone's Marcus Haber, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, will miss the rest of the campaign through injury.

Marcus Haber was stretchered off in St Johnstone's loss to Kilmarnock and will now miss the rest of the season.
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Marcus Haber will be absent for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage in St Johnstone’s 3-0 defeat to Kilmarnock on Saturday. The striker, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in an innocuous incident against Killie, turning awkwardly on the slick McDiarmid Park surface.

Canadian international Haber has scored twice in 14 appearances since moving north in August, finding the net against Queen of the South in a Co-operative Insurance Cup and Hibernian in the SPL.

Having been recruited by West Brom in January this year from Vancouver Whitecaps, the 21-year-old now looks likely to return to the Hawthorns, as he tries to make his way back from injury.

St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes has a number of other options in attack to try and cover for the loss of Haber and has challenged though on the periphery of his squad to force their way in, while also expressing his disappointment at losing his striker to such a severe injury.

“First and foremost we are hugely disappointed for Marcus,” McInnes told St Johnstone’s official website. “He will not play again this season and in all likelihood he will return to West Bromwich Albion to carry out his rehabilitation.

“Understandably, he is devastated by the news and our thoughts are with him. But he’s a young boy and at an early enough stage of his career where he can recover fully from this setback.

“From a St Johnstone point of view it is obviously a huge blow to our options, particularly as Marcus was invariably one of the three under 21 players we are required to have stripped and, following on from Kevin Moon and Martin Hardie, that is now three players who have suffered this injury.

“However, other players now need to show they can step up to the challenge of replacing Marcus.”

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