St Pat’s dealt blow as Tom Grivosti faces long spell on sidelines

St Patrick’s Athletic defender Tom Grivosti is set to miss out on an extended period of games after rupturing his ACL last Friday against Dundalk.

Grivosti has impressed for the Saints since joining at the start of the 2022 campaign.

But after an injury-hit start to the campaign, the powerful centre-back has been dealt another blow after picking up an ACL injury against the Lilywhites.

The Athletic are now without their two first-choice central defenders – with Joe Redmond also out with a long-term hamstring injury.

“I’m gutted to find out that I ruptured my ACL on Friday,” Grivosti said. “I just want to thank everyone for the messages & also the medical staff who looked after me on Friday.

“Over the weekend, the support I’ve had has been unbelievable. I’ve been here before and I’ll be back.”

And Saints boss Jon Daly added: “We’re all really disappointed for Tom as it’s a serious injury & he had only just come back into the team after a hamstring problem.

“Tom has been an important player for us over the last 18 months and is well liked in the dressing room and among the fans.

“We’ll miss him for the rest of the season. Tom is a strong character and we know he’ll bounce back from this, he’ll do his rehab properly and come back stronger.”