DANNY Wilson has spoken of his sadness after learning that Sheffield United full-back Lecsinel Jean-Francois has been diagnosed with cruciate ligament damage.
Wilson, who has been nominated for February’s League One Manager of the Month Award, was informed of the news ahead of last night’s defeat at Walsall.
Despite bolstering his defensive options by signing Blackpool’s Matt Hill and John Egan of Sunderland on loan, Wilson admitted news of Jean-Francois’ condition was a blow.
“Lecsy has been loving his football with us of late and for him to have to drop out in the manner he has is very, very sad,” he said. “It’s the outcome that we obviously weren’t hoping for but unfortunately suspected would be the case.
“You never want to lose anyone to injury, especially when they are serious.
“But we’ll get behind Lecsy and give him all the support that he needs.
“He’s shown his fighting spirit in the past and he’ll show it again for us in the future.”
Jean-Francois, a Haiti international, sustained the injury during Saturday’s meeting with Oldham Athletic.
Hill, aged 30, will spend the rest of the season at Bramall Lane while 19-year-old Egan has agreed a 28-day deal with an option to extend.
But their debuts ended in disappointing fashion as Walsall loosened United’s grip on the division’s second automatic promotion place.
Wilson said: “I thought they (Hill and Egan) coped well but a few moments of indecision cost us. If you look at the back four we put out then I think you have to expect that.
“We’ve got to get back to being defensively solid and we’ll work hard to do that.
“But there is nothing to be gained from panic.
“We’ll regroup and get back to where we were.”