Sheffield United worst fears have been confirmed after it was revealed that skipper Chris Morgan has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The centre-half sustained cruciate ligament damage in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Coventry City
Manager Gary Speed told www.sufc.co.uk: "It's a massive blow for both Chris and the Club and realistically we won't see him in action again until pre-season training next July.
"The lads we have that can play in the central defender's role will miss his experience and spirit, but I'm sure they will do all in their power to make up for his absence."
The game against Coventry was the 32-year-old's ninth appearances of this season and the defender had started the season hoping to go through the 500 appearance barrier.
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