New signing Tommy Rowe is to be sidelined for an estimated three to four weeks after suffering a minor fracture to his metatarsal against Cheltenham on Friday.
Rowe is sitting out this week’s tour of Ireland after picking up the impact injury at Whaddon Road, which is expected to settle within that time-frame to allow him to return to action within a month.
As a result young midfielder Declan Weeks has stepped up to the first team set-up for the stay in Ireland, which includes tonight’s game with Shamrock Rovers (8pm) and Wednesday’s fixture at Bohemians (7.45pm).
“Tommy broke the fifth metatarsal after a kick in the Cheltenham game and will be out for three to four weeks,” said head coach Kenny Jackett.
“It’s a blow but it’s not as bad as it could have been – it’s going to be weeks rather than months.
“Declan Weeks is coming out here in his place – it’s a one-for-one swap.
“He’s 18 and won our academy player of the year last season.
“He finished last season very well and the coaching staff say he’s started pre-season training in the same vein this time so it’s a chance for him to impress.”
Jackett also confirmed that David Davis had not travelled to Ireland as one or two clubs have been showing an interest in signing the midfielder.