Institute manager Kevin Deery believes he’s the perfect man to help Darryl McDermott back from injury.
The big centre-back suffered a broken jaw in two places in their win at Ards after accidentally colliding with Stute goalkeeper Michael Lynch; he had surgery in Altnagelvin Hospital on Sunday and is expected to be out for a number of months.
McDermott had to have a plate in his jaw and screws in his gums with elastics to keep it in place, but Deery, who had a number of injury set-backs throughout his playing career, knows the ex-Trojans man will be back.
“It a harsh one for him and obviously the injury is going to mean he’s out long term,” admitted the Stute boss.
“I have went through nightmare situations like that myself, so if there’s one man who can manage him through the situation then that would be me.
“He went for surgery on Sunday so we’ll have to wait and see how that went and how he is later in the week.”
Deery was also first to point out that the defender played on through the pain barrier to help the Drumahoe club secure a much needed win.
“It just shows you the spirit we have in the squad that a player suffers a broken jaw but came back onto the field and played his part in the closing stages to get us the victory,” he said.
“I know Darryl is a leader and he’s committed type player and he showed all that on Saturday at Ards.
“I really feared he had bad concussion to start off with because it looked a real bad clash of heads but he said ‘no it was his mouth that was sore but he wanted to go back on’ I was obviously relieved that it wasn’t a really bad head injury, but I’m just sad for him now that he’s going to be out for a while.”