Dundee United frontman Nicky Clark’s season is over after he suffered a broken ankle at Firhill.
Clark, who played a significant role in United’s impressive 4-1 win over Partick Thistle on Saturday, had to be helped off the park after 77 minutes and was replaced by substitute Adam King.
He was taken to hospital to have an X-ray on his damaged ankle and is having an operation to repair the broken bone today.
Clark is coming to terms with missing out on the finale of the Tangerines’ title campaign.
In a social media message directed at well-wishing fans, Clark wrote: “Unfortunately, the injury isn’t good but it happens in football.
“No doubt the boys will keep the run going and I’ll be there to support them!! Thanks for all the messages – much appreciated.”
What should have been a perfect day for United – they celebrated their 17th win out of 21 league matches – had some of the shine taken off it by Clark’s injury.
A club statement read: “Dundee United can confirm Nicky Clark will undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his left ankle on Sunday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
“The striker sustained the injury in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Championship victory at Partick Thistle.
“Thanks to the excellent work of Marcin Szostak (head of medicine and sports science) and Dave Nicoll (club doctor), Nicky was assessed and taken to hospital as soon as possible, where he will now spend a short time.
“On behalf of Nicky, the club would like to thank everyone who has reached out with messages of support since Saturday’s match.”
United have immediately moved to reassure Clark over his future by revealing that player and club have agreed to extend his contract.
Tannadice sporting director Tony Asghar said: “Everyone at United is gutted for Nicky. He has had a tremendous season so far, and his contribution of goals and consistent performances have played a massive part in us being in the position we find ourselves currently.
“On the upside, we have agreed on terms with Nicky to extend his current contract to keep him at the club till at least 2021 and should confirm that in the coming days. Nicky will have an operation today and then start his rehabilitation in good hands of our medical team at the HPC (high performance centre) at the University of St Andrews.”