THOMAS O'Ware could face up to three months on the sidelines depending on the results of a recent MRI scan, the Tele can reveal.
The defender, 20, has been struggling with an injury to the sole of his foot since an away draw with Livingston on the penultimate weekend of the 2011-12 season. He managed to play through the pain last term with the help of a protective pad but recently visited a specialist to solve the problem once and for all.
He told the Tele: "I went for a MRI scan with a specialist on Wednesday and I'm hoping to get the results soon.
"Last season I had to play with a pad over my big toe and under the bone beneath it. The injury was causing me problems all last year.
"Then, in pre-season, because of the way I'm compensating by running on the side of my foot, I've been getting pains through my calf.
"I decided then I needed to get it seen to.
"When I went for the scan they said it could be a wee fracture or it might just be a bit of bruising that needs injections. The worst-case scenario would be that it's a fracture and needs surgery because that could mean three months out.
"The injections would be the best-case scenario, but I'm not sure how long I would be
ruled out for if I have to get them.
"It's a case of waiting for the results and then finding out."
Meanwhile, the Morton development squad suffered a heavy defeat on Thursday night, losing 7-2 against a strong Stranraer team in a bounce match at Lochinch Police Club.
Aidan Fulton and a trialist scored the Ton goals, while the Blues included the likes of David MacGregor, Chris Aitken, Mark Corcoran and David McKenna in their line-up.