BARROW AFC midfielder Andy Parry has gone under the knife for surgery on his ruptured cruciate knee ligaments.

The former Luton Town midfielder has made only one start and two substitute appearances for the Bluebirds this season, before being sidelined.

Fears he had ruptured the ligaments and will therefore be out of action for six months – effectively ending his campaign – were confirmed by scans and a visit to a specialist.

AFC boss Paul Cox confirmed the 25-year-old Liverpudlian has had an operation to repair the damage this week.

"He's been under the knife after we confirmed it was a rupture," he said.

Parry injured his knee in training sessions with AFC, with Cox describing two seemingly innocuous incidents which could have left his player with a long spell out of action.

“He had two problems in succession,” Cox said of a man who initially joined Barrow at the start of the year on loan from Luton. “There was one where no-one was near him, when you can wonder how it happened, and then another where there was a connection there. You look at them, and say he was just a little bit unlucky.

“Sometimes with the cruciate, it can be so simplistic. Most of the cruciate injuries I have seen, there was no-one near you, you just twist or turn and you find yourself out of the game for a year.”