A scan has confirmed manager Dean Saunders’ worst fears that he will be without Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the remainder of the season.
The popular striker suffered a broken fibula and a high ankle sprain following a challenge from Paul Robinson in Easter Monday’s victory over Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.
Earlier in the game Ebanks-Blake had netted a brace to take his tally for the campaign to 15.
Speaking this morning he said: “Obviously I’m bitterly disappointed to be missing the last five games, but I’ll be right behind the lads.”
Dean Saunders added: “In the space of 16 days and three games we have lost three players with broken bones.
“Against Bristol City we had Carl Ikeme with a broken hand and Dave Edwards with a foot fracture, and now Sylvan. They are freak injuries and they are ones that we could well do without.
“It was a bitter blow for Sylvan on Monday and for the club too. But it gives someone else a chance.”