Luton Town manager Graeme Jones has confirmed that defender Martin Cranie has suffered a serious knee injury after he was stretchered off in the second-half of the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last night.
Cranie joined Luton earlier this summer after being released by Sheffield United at the end of the 2018/19 campaign following Chris Wilder’s side’s promotion to the Premier League.
Although predominately a central defender, the former Huddersfield Town man has been used exclusively by Jones as a right-back this season and has largely impressed in this particular role.
After grabbing a goal on his debut in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough, Cranie provided his first assist for the Hatters in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
Confirming the severity of the defender’s injury to Luton Today, Jones said: “I think he’s (Cranie) damaged his medial (ligament), so we’ve lost Dan Potts and Martin Cranie in the last few days.
“That’s football sometimes and it’s another opportunity for other players.”
With five competitive appearances for the Hatters already under his belt, the defender would have expected to keep his place in the club’s back-four for the foreseeable future.
However, following his injury setback, Cranie will now be forced to agonisingly watch on from the sidelines at Kenilworth Road.
With the likes of Potts, Brendan Galloway and Callum McManaman already unavailable for selection due to injury, the last thing that Luton needed was for Cranie to be stretchered off against Wednesday.
Currently in the Championship relegation zone following a tough start to the 2019/20 campaign, the Hatters’ depleted defensive options could see them suffer even more over the coming months.
In Cranie’s absence, Jones may have to turn to Aston Villa loanee James Bree who started yesterday’s clash with the Owls at left-back due to Potts’ injury.
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