Ayr United have confirmed that three of the team's key players are set to miss the rest of the season due to injury.

In an update to supporters, the club have confirmed which players are due back in the coming weeks to help with the vital Championship run-in. 

Robbie Mutch has completed surgery on a shoulder injury and will be out until the start of the 2024-25 campaign.

Paddy Reading will also miss the end of this season with a knee injury that did not require surgery.

Andy Murdoch is on schedule in his recovery, but won’t play for the club before the end of the season.

Frankie Musonda sustained a muscle strain while on international duty with Zambia, and will return to light training this week.

Nathan McGinley also suffered a muscle strain in training and will be assessed this week.

Kurt Willoughby missed the matches against Queen's Park and Airdrie due to illness, but should return to light training this week after a course of antibiotics.

Logan Chalmers is recovering from a foot injury and will be further assessed this week, whilst Ben Dempsey will return to training this week.

The players injured during Friday's game with Airdrie will be assessed through the week in the lead up to the trip to Raith Rovers on Saturday.

Speaking to Ayr United TV after the 2-1 win on Friday night, boss Scott Brown said: "We’ve not got the biggest squad in the world. We know that.

"It was very, very thin today, but we just need to give the lads a little bit of time off and get them back in and ready for Raith, because today’s performance was exceptional."

Friday's win took Ayr up to sixth place in the Championship, though the following day's results saw them drop back to seventh, six points ahead of the relegation play-off spot but just three adrift of the promotion play-off places.