Southend United defender Ben Coker sidelined for four months

Coker sidelined for four months
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Southend United defender Ben Coker is due to miss around four months of action with an elbow injury.

Southend United defender Ben Coker has been ruled out of action for around four months with an elbow injury.

The 25-year-old is due to undergo surgery after sustaining damage to his tendons and ligaments during last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Oxford United.

"The surgeon said he has seen very few injuries like this, especially in football," manager Phil Brown is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "It's very disappointing news. Ben has been a key player for us."

Coker has made eight appearances for the League Two side since the start of the season.

Southend United manager Phil Brown looks on as the players warm up prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on August 17, 2013
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