Sligo Rovers have confirmed that Garry Buckley has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury which will sideline the defender for the remainder of the 2022 season and also a large part of 2023.
The Corkonian suffered the injury in Rovers’ defeat to Viking FK in The Europa Conference League Third Round Qualifier First-Leg.
Buckley, who joined Sligo Rovers in 2020 has been a mainstay in the side since his arrival at The Showgrounds.
Buckley joined Rovers as a midfielder but after moving to centre-back, his performances have earned the 28-year-old plaudits both locally and nationally.
Speaking to sligorovers.com, Sligo Rovers manager John Russell is disappointed to lose an influential player in his squad: “He is a leader within our group and a player of immense quality so we will miss him on the pitch for the rest of this season. It’s a tough moment right now for Garry but I know he will come back fitter and stronger and the fans can look forward to seeing him back on the pitch at some point in 2023.”