Clydebank have suffered a major setback after captain Alan Vezza was ruled out for six weeks after having his appendix removed.

The midfielder played in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Cumnock, but was taken to hospital on Monday and had an operation after having suspected appendicitis.

It’s a blow for the Bankies after they picked up their first league win of the season on Saturday, moving off the bottom of the table in the process.

Manager Kieran McAnespie said: “Our luck’s run out because we’re now going to be without Alan Vezza, he was taken in with suspected appendicitis, it’s not a good one for us.

“He’s been outstanding, his reading of the game is phenomenal and his attitude has always been great, the last three games for us has been the best since we’ve been here.

“It’ll be a big loss to us, but we’ve got Ross Forsyth to come back in so we’re not exactly swapping in with a poor replacement.”

Two Jordan Shelvey goals sealed the Bankies first win of the league campaign at Holm Park.

But it was midfielder Reece Pearson who received special praise for his performance at the weekend from the Bankies manager.

McAnespie added: “I’m not one for calling out players but credit where credit’s due, he was absolutely outstanding.

“For an attacking midfielder, we’ve played him in all different positions this season.

“And, rightly or wrongly, he’s not technically performed at his highest as he’s played out of position, and he’s doing us a favour and a lot of people don’t appreciate that or understand that.

“He’s come in as a centre-mid and out wide. He was spectacular on Saturday. I thought Pearo [Pearson] thoroughly deserved the credit because he allowed Deasy [Ryan Deas] and Blacky [Chris Black] to go and play, he protected the back four immensely and he was a different class.

On Saturday Clydebank visit Newlandsfield Park to take on Pollok, kick-off is at 2pm.