Southend United: Ben Coker suffers broken leg in pre-season game
Southend United defender Ben Coker is expected to be out of action for up to six months after breaking his leg in a pre-season game.
The 28-year-old left-back, who made 34 appearances last season, suffered the injury on Monday while playing against Colchester United Under-21s.
He was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital and will have an operation to repair his tibia.
"I am devastated but will come back stronger," Coker posted on Twitter.
Southend will also be without centre-back Michael Turner for at least the first month of the new League One campaign because of a hamstring injury.
"Michael's got a grade one tendon tear in his hamstring," boss Phil Brown told the club website.
"It's in the tendon which is the attachment to the bone so it's probably going to be between four to six weeks."
The 33-year-old former Hull and Norwich defender joined the Shrimpers last month on a one-year deal.