SHAUN Maloney will be missing for several months, Owen Coyle has revealed.
The Scot - who has been missing for several weeks - needs surgery.
“Shaun will be missing for several months to have an operation on his hip,” said Coyle.
“The injury stems from the back injury and although he tired to play through it, the right thing to do for both parties is have it seen to.”
The loss of the former Celtic midfielder, one of their most influential players, is a huge blow for Coyle.