Peterhead striker Rory McAllister looks to have started his last match this season after a collision with Albion Rovers keeper Matthew McGinley left him with a deep gash in his shin.
The substitute stopper caught McAllister with his studs as the pair challenged for the ball and the hitman was taken to hospital for stiches after the final whistle.
Despite netting twice in the opening half and taking his league goal tally for the season to 30, McAllister may now struggle to claim the honour of most prolific goalscorer in the UK. The 26-year-old’s only realistic rival for that record is Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez, who now has four games to add to his 29-goal haul.
Saturday’s clash with The Wee Rovers proved an eventful day in the sun for the ever-deadly striker who had already stolen the headlines before being forced off.
In the 18th minute McAllister was brought down by goalkeeper Neil Parry in the box. Referee Alan Muir had no hesitation in red carding Parry and McAllister tucked away the resulting penalty.
Moments later and the former Brechin man picked up a ball from Ryan McCann and fired a second past Parry’s replacement McGinley.
Despite his early performance, McAllister went on to miss two clear chances, firstly dawdling over the ball after rounding McGinley and then ballooning a shot over the crossbar when the ball broke kindly to him from a Fraser McLaren effort.
McAllister’s manager Jim McInally said: “The gash is bad and will probably rule him out for the rest of the season. That’s not to say I couldn’t bring him off the bench for five or ten minutes though.
“The doctor wasn’t for stiching it here which was unusual so he had to go to hospital. It’s a hell of a boost to Luis Suarez because you can imagine him checking Rory’s goals in the Buchanie online!”
The Peterhead boss added: “I’ve never had a player score so many goals in a season before. Then again, I’ve never had a Rory McAllister.”
McAllister and fellow forward Andy Rodgers have been nominated for the PFA Scottish League Two Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced on Sunday.