Kenyan striker Jonah Ayunga has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

The news was confirmed by St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson who said the 25-year-old sustained the injury after coming on as a substitute in their Saturday’s win over Motherwell and is expected to miss at least six months.

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“It is a huge blow for us,” said Robinson.”He was a big part of what we’d done earlier in the season. He was excellent when he came on against Motherwell so it is a big blow for the boy himself.

“We are planning when he will have that surgery now and we will get him back fitter and stronger than ever. There was a lot of interest in him from down south as well but he is a strong boy, a strong character and he will come back stronger.”

The injury is coming at a bad time for Ayunga who had earlier expressed his interest in returning to the Kenyan national team fold and recently re-appointed head coach Engin Firat to lead the team with his first assignment set to be in March.

Ayunga has scored seven goals in 24 appearances since joining the Buddies from Morecambe in June.

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