Picken set for spell on sidelines

Picken: Set for knee surgery

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Bury defender Phil Picken is set for an extended period on the sidelines after learning he must undergo surgery to repair damage to his knee.

Picken sustained the injury during last weekend's 2-1 defeat to north-west neighbours Preston at Gigg Lane.

A specialist advised the 26-year-old left-back to go under the knife after studying X-rays of the joint.

At the present no timescale has been placed on any possible return to training.