Partick Thistle's Stuart Bannigan out for at least six months after operation

Partick Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan
The closest Stuart Bannigan has got to action this season was wearing Thistle's new away kit

Partick Thistle could sign another midfielder after Stuart Bannigan was ruled out for most of the season after having surgery on a knee injury.

The 23-year-old missed the last two months of last season, but the injury failed to respond to treatment.

Manager Alan Archibald said: "We might need to try and get reinforcements in that area because we have Gary Fraser who has a niggling knee injury as well.

"We might need to find money from somewhere to gets someone else in."

Bannigan had looked likely to leave Firhill this summer after initially rejecting the offer of a new contract amid interest from Scottish Premiership rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He eventually signed a new two-year deal, but he is poised to be on the sidelines for between six and nine months following Thursday's operation.

"Hopefully that has gone well and it's just about recovery and rehabilitation for Stuart and, with the determination he has got as a player, I am sure he will be back to his best," said Archibald.

"Last week, when he heard the news, he was a bit disappointed obviously."

Bannigan, who has not played this season, suffered the injury against Hearts on 5 March.

"If he got the surgery done at the time, he would nearly be back, so that was a hard one to take for Stuart," added Archibald.

"Sometimes you take that gamble not to have surgery, but it didn't work out this time.

"It is a cruciate ligament. It will be a long process for Stuart. He has to be patient and make sure he listens to the physio.

"We have to be on hand to mentally keep him strong."

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