MATT Lecointe’s season is over before it has started.Argyle’s teenage striker is on crutches because of a knee ligament injury and facing a long spell on the sidelines.
Matt, 18, damaged his knee in a collision with former team-mate, Truro goalkeeper Ollie Chenoweth, during a pre-season match at Truro City, and requires an operation.
Argyle manager john Sheridan said: “Matt is probably going to miss the season.
“It’s a crying shame. We’re in pre-season at the moment and we’re talking about next pre-season.
“I’ve had a little chat with Matty, and I’ll speak to him more when he’s had the operation, but we know what his injury is.
“It’s hard for a young lad like him to miss a whole season, but he’s got to try to stay as positive as he can and get ready for next season.”
John is backing the former England Youth International to bounce back from his setback.
“He’s fit enough and capable enough to come back and be stronger,” said John. “It’s a long process but lots of good players who’ve played at a higher level have come through the same injury.
“We’ll give him the best treatment we can.”
John’s striking options are further limited by the non-availability of Nick Chadwick, who went under the knife on Friday and is expected to be out for up to a month.
“He’s having a little washout of his knee,” said John. “He’s probably got a little floating bone in there.”