Hamilton Academical captain Brian Easton ruled out for up to two months
Hamilton Academical have suffered another major injury blow after captain Brian Easton was ruled out for much of the remainder of the season.
The experienced defender landed heavily on his shoulder during the midweek defeat by Aberdeen.
Accies head coach Brian Rice said: "He has dislocated his shoulder - anything between eight to 12 weeks. I'm down to the bare bones."
Hamilton sit second bottom of the Scottish Premiership.
They remain one point ahead of Hearts, who they visit on Saturday, after Tuesday's 3-1 home loss, which was followed by the Edinburgh side's 5-0 thumping by Celtic on Wednesday.
Accies were already without Mickel Miller, George Oakley and Andy Dales with hamstring injuries, while fellow forward Steve Davies has been struggling with a calf problem and Rice has concerns over two unnamed players ahead of their trip to Tynecastle.
"My injury situation is - I'm not talking about it again - it's absolutely horrendous," he said.
"Every injury we get is a major injury. I'm not going to spend my time talking about the boys that are injured because they can't help us in this situation. It's nobody's fault.
"We will talk about the boys who will step up to the plate and are going to have to show courage and bravery and get us out the position we are in."
Rice hopes his young players can rise to the challenge.
"They will make mistakes, I recognise that," he said. "Experienced players make mistakes as well. Experienced players know the severity of the situation and that sometimes affects the performance, whereas young players I believe have that freedom and never-say-die attitude.
"That's what I am looking for - give it everything you have got and just do your best."