MOTHERWELL defender Charles Dunne has told fans he will be back soon after the club confirmed he will miss the start of the season through injury. 

The 25-year-old is suffering with a groin problem picked up during the Steelmen's Betfred Cup draw away to Stranraer on Saturday and has been ruled out for a minimum of three months.

Scans this week revealed that an operation will be required, but Dunne remains upbeat despite the prognosis.

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He wrote on Twitter: "Three months is that all, I've had longer naps! Soon back."

'Well manager Stephen Robinson admitted that Dunne's injury is a setback for his preparations and challenged his other defenders to make an impact in the centre-back's absence. 

“It’s a blow to lose Charles," he said. 

“He is a key part of our defence and showed last season how important he is to the team.

“We wish him a quick and full recovery. The onus now is on the other defenders in the squad to step up and nail down a first team place.”

The former Repblic of Ireland Under-21 internationalist arrived at Fir Park from Oldham last summer.

He quickly became a key part of Robinson's team, making 45 appearances and helping the club reach the finals of the Betfred Cup and Scottish Cup.