Varney needs shoulder op

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Crewe Alexandra have been dealt a blow by the news that young striker Luke Varney needs an operation on his injured shoulder.

Varney sustained the injury in The Railwaymen's shock 1-0 FA Cup exit to Conference side Telford United at Gresty Road last Saturday.

He dislocated his shoulder in a fall after being on the receiving end of a late tackle by Telford's Matthew Clarke in the first half of the match.

It was decided that the 21-year-old needs surgery now and the operation will take place next week, with a return date to training set for mid-April.

Meanwhile, young defender Chris McCready will miss another three weeks of action after the youngster broke down in training this week with a persistent calf muscle problem.