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Football: Wrist gash horror puts Dowie out.

Byline: By Gordon Parks

ANDY DOWIE has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing emergency surgery on a serious wrist injury.

The former Rangers and Scotland Under-21 player, currently with First Division Stranraer, fell on broken glass at a night out on Sunday and was rushed to hospital for a four-hour operation.

The 22-year-old, who had severed two tendons and part of an artery, was allowed home last night from Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

It's yet another blow for Stair Park boss Neil Watt, who has seen his squad decimated this season by various problems. He now has just 16 players fit for their relegation dogfight.

Watt said: "Andy slipped and fell on a broken bottle.

"He sustained serious injuries to his wrist which required extensive surgery. Two tendons were severed and he also cut part of an artery so there was a pretty major blood loss.

"It's a massive blow as it brings an end to Andy's season but the most important thing is that he's okay and that the operation went well. This is the last thing we needed at the moment but we'll just have to get on with it.

"We're also without Gary McPhee because of a broken leg and Ian Ross is missing long term as well."

The First Division side have been had a run of bad luck in recent times.

Earlier in this campaign Scott McLean sustained a career-threatening knee injury.

And at the end of last season assistant boss Stuart Miller was rushed to hospital for an emergency stomach op.

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Date:Mar 15, 2006
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