Hamilton: Martin Canning backs pitch despite Michael Devlin injury

Hamilton defender Michael Devlin
Hamilton defender Michael Devlin was injured on Saturday

Manager Martin Canning has confirmed Michael Devlin will see a specialist for knee ligament damage but defended Hamilton Accies' artificial surface.

The defender was injured along with Partick Thistle's Ryan Stevenson during Saturday's 1-1 draw.

And players and managers have since questioned the quality of Scotland's artificial pitches.

"I think they are probably going to be the way forward for Scottish football," said Canning.

"I don't know if it was because the game wasn't much of a spectacle that there had to be some talking point.

"A couple of injuries happened on that day, but our pitch has been fantastic. I have no issues with it and I have no issues with artificial pitches in general."

After the injury to his team-mate, Thistle striker Kallum Higginbotham suggested that synthetic surfaces were decreasing the quality of football.

The pitches were also criticised by Dundee United midfielder John Rankin and St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright.

Hamilton manager Martin Canning
Martin Canning says the Hamilton squad enjoy their artificial surface

However, Canning, who is also still a player himself, insists that his own squad are happy with the New Douglas Park facility.

"It works for this club," he said. "Every level plays on that pitch and they enjoy playing on that pitch.

"We look forward to games we know we are going to be able to pass the ball."

Devlin was carried off on a stretcher on Saturday and a scan revealed knee ligament damage.

"There is a little bit of ligament damage in his knee, so he will see the specialist and what comes back from that will dictate where we go from there," added Canning.

"I would think he is out for the last two games of the season, but obviously he has the whole close season to work himself back to fitness.

"It is part and parcel of football."

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