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Ankle injury ends St Mirren defender Jack Ross's season

St Mirren defender Jack Ross
Ross sustained the injury in February during the Scottish Cup defeat by Rangers

St Mirren defender Jack Ross has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a persistent ankle problem.

Ross initially sustained the injury during the Scottish Cup replay defeat by Rangers in February.

"The effects of returning from the injury have eventually caught up with me," he told BBC Scotland.

"I was hoping to make it through to the end of the season before getting the required healing time but unfortunately haven't been able to do so."

Ross conceded it would be a blow to miss the run-in for relegation-threatened Saints, who are level on points with bottom side Falkirk.

"If I'm honest, the injury has been hindering me for a number of weeks and impacted significantly upon how often I've been able to train," Ross said.

"However, our league position coupled with a number of injury problems meant I was determined to keep playing."

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St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson said the defender had battled away with the injury recently.

"He has been playing for the last few weeks carrying an ankle injury but, ultimately, you can only do so much and we must give Jack a lot of credit for trying to play through it," MacPherson told the club website.

"But it became apparent during the Hearts game and in training in the build-up to the Falkirk game that it just wasn't going to be possible for him to continue.

"Jack will get a scan on his ankle in the early part of this week but we already know that his main rehab is just going to be rest."

Ross has been a first-team regular with the Buddies since signing from Scottish Premier League rivals Falkirk in August 2008.

The defender also spent spells at Clyde and Hartlepool.



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