Tunchev Out For Season

Last updated : 16 January 2009 By Joe Harris
The Bulgarian international damaged crucial ligaments in Wednesday's FA Cup exit away to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The news will come as a major blow for Nigel Pearson, who is still without Patrick Kisnorbo in the centre of defence.

Tunchev has been a dominant force in the centre of defence this season and his departure from first team action is likely to spark a hunt for a replacement whilst the January transfer window remains open.

Meanwhile, Michael Morrison and Jack Hobbs are expected to rekindle their partnership in the centre of defence while Marc Edworthy is a possible option.