STAGS striker Ross Dyer is facing a season on the sidelines after a tearing his knee ligaments in the opening game against Newport
Dyer hit double figures and created many more goals during an impessive first season at The One Call Stadium last season.
Assistant manger Adam Murray said: “It will be a long one for Ross. He will be lucky if he gets back before the end of the season.
“We are gutted for Ross. It was a weird injury and we now have to stand by him during a difficult time.
“It will be a long proccess to get fit again. There will be a lot of rehab ahead.
“The best case scenario is seven months then a time getting his fitness back.”
The injury is likely to further open the door for Matt Rhead, who impressed during a powerful performance at Kidderminster on Saturday.
Said Murray: “Matt was different class on Saturday.
“He is a big part of our what we are doing here. He always gives 100 per cent and is just what Mansfield Town are all about.”