St Johnstone suffer injury blow as key summer signing is ruled out until September

St Johnstone will have to wait until at least September to see summer acquisition Uche Ikpeazu in action due to a knee cartilage injury sustained in a domestic incident this summer, termed by manager Craig Levein as “one of those things.” Fans may have to wait until October for Ikpeazu’s debut with the team.

In the meantime, Levein still has Adama Sidibeh, Benjamin Kimpioka, Nicky Clark, and Stevie May available as options in the forward positions.

St Johnstone boss Craig Levein is keen to bring Uche Ikpeazu to McDiarmid Park.

Speaking to Saints TV, the Perth manager confirmed, “Uche had an accident at home and twisted his knee, resulting in some cartilage damage. He’s undergone surgery.”

“He’s currently in the early stages of recovery, which typically takes three to four months, so we’re looking at seeing him back on the pitch sometime between September and October.”

“Uche is understandably frustrated as he was eager to begin playing. It was an unfortunate accident, just one of those things.”

“We’re eager to have him back as he brings physicality, speed, and strong ball-holding abilities to the team.”

Uche Ikpeazu will be playing for St Johnstone rather than against them.

“We have various types of strikers, but we lacked someone we could go to directly if needed, and he filled that role.”

“Of course, I’m disappointed that he won’t have the opportunity to showcase his abilities right from the start.”

“However, that’s football, and sometimes accidents occur that we have to accept and wait for.”

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