Butler out for rest of campaign

Last updated : 19 January 2006 By Luke Thornhill
The 22-year-old centre-back collided with an advertisement board early in the second half of the game and a scan has revealed serious ligament damage.

"The injury is one that can't be operated on immediately," manager Brian Laws told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

"The knee has to be immobilised for four weeks and we are then looking at a 14 to 16 weeks recovery period.

"It's a massive blow to Andy - and a massive blow to us too."

United have moved quickly to bring in a replacement, snapping up free agent Steve Foster who left Doncaster Rovers by mutual consent last week.

Butler joins Nathan Stanton and Lee Ridley in the treatment room as United's defensive resources become fully stretched, but Stanton is just two weeks away from a return according to Laws.