WARRINGTON Town goalkeeper Tony McMillan is set for a long spell on the sidelines with a broken jaw, manager Paul Carden has confirmed.

The veteran stopper, who had already missed Yellows’ past four games with a gashed knee, suffered the injury in an accident at work.

Speaking after tonight’s Cheshire Senior Cup defeat to Stockport County, Carden says he does not expect McMillan to return to action before the New Year.

“Unfortunately, Tony has had an accident in work,” he said.

“He’s fallen and broken his jaw in a couple of places.

“He’s had an operation today, so we’ll have to wait and see what the extent of it is from what the doctors and surgeons say.

“I can’t see him back anytime soon. I’d think it would be around January time.”

Josh Amis had headed Yellows into an early lead at Cantilever Park tonight, but goals from Festus Arthur and Connor Dimaio sent them out of the competition.

Report: Yellows 1 Stockport 2

The defeat means Town are out of all the cup competitions they entered this season.

Yellows were forced to finish the game with 10 men after Dominic Reid was forced off through injury after Carden had used his third and final substitution.

“Other than Dom’s injury, we’ve got a fair bit out of the game,” the Town manager said.

“Playing the last 20 minutes with 10 men wasn’t ideal, but some lads needed fitness and the young players needed games and a chance to impress.

“I thought we started well in the second half.

“We worked a couple of openings, but then we lose Dom and they score a wonder goal.

“We could do better from the throw-in as Robbo had no-one in front of him, but the lad wraps his foot round it and catches it sweet.”

Carden made nine changes to his starting line-up from Saturday’s win at Grantham – with only Mitch Duggan and Dylan Vassallo retaining their places.

Midfielder Alex Marrow – who can list Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace among his former clubs – was given a debut but came off injured in the first half.

“Someone I know got in touch with me and said Alex was training again, looked fit and wanted to get involved in the game again,” Carden said.

“He fits in with what we’ve got with the games coming up

“He felt his calf after about 15 minutes, which tends to happen when you haven’t had a game in so long.

“He’s obviously got a good CV. He’s played a lot of Championship games, but he hasn’t played football in a very long time.

“We’ll have to see where he’s at.”