Matt Setback

PILGRIMS’ striker Matt Lecointe has aggravated the knee injury that ruled him out of the whole of last season.

The 19 year-old had worked his way back to full fitness after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a pre-season game at Truro City last year.

However, after featuring in Argyle’s opening games of this pre-season at Tavistock and Torquay, the former England youth international has suffered a training-ground setback, and is awaiting the results of scans and consultants' opinions to determine the severity of the problem, and to make plans for his continued rehabilitation.

Argyle head physiotherapist Paul Atkinson said “Unfortunately, anterior cruciate ligament injuries rarely occur in isolation; there is usually associated damage to other structures within the knee and this was the case with Matty.

“We are now working with leading specialists in this field to ensure he recovers from this set back as soon as possible.”

Argyle manager John Sheridan said: “He had a little calf injury and came back training; everything was fine; he didn’t have any problems with his knee. I think someone pulled him off balance and that’s when he’s felt the same knee.

“He’s been trying to get a bit of treatment and get his fitness and try to come back, but it hasn’t happened. He’s had one scan and we’re going to get another opinion on it.

“It’s a crying shame for the kid because he’s worked ever so hard to try to get back.”