Jack Ross has announced that Charlie Wyke will be out until the New Year following the knee injury he picked up against Burton last weekend. Ross said: "It'll be Christmas/New Year by the time we see him back. He's been unfortunate because it's the same injury but not any relation to the fact that he had the same injury before. It's just really bad luck that it happens to be on the same leg. It doesn't require any surgery, but he'll be in a brace for the next few weeks and then it becomes a process of rehabilitation. It's not great, I feel for him because he's never really been fully fit since he came here, he was just building up to it. He was brave in how he got the injury which probably makes it even sorer. Speaking to the medical staff it's not even so much the impact, it's more that he's hyper-extended because of the force. It's just an unfortunate set of circumstances.”
He also discussed the possibility of bringing in another forward. “It would be nice [to add another striker] to but I don't think I'll be able to. I said just before the window that I wasn't in a position where I could bring anybody else in and I haven't had anything to suggest that it is any different [now]. That may adjust over the coming weeks, but obviously we'd be limited to free agents. I've always taken the approach that it's not about complaining about what I don't have, it is about making the best of what I do have and all I can affect is getting the best out of the ones who are available, making sure that we're in a decent position when Charlie does become available again.”
“It just narrows our options, whether before a game or during it, that's the downside," he added. "It means we're a bit restricted in our options and if you're being pessimistic then if we lose another forward player, then we're very narrow. On the flip side, if Charlie had been with us since the start of the season and scored every week, we would be sitting saying 'it's a hammer blow'. It's still a blow, he's a good player and we haven't seen the best of him, but we have proven that we can win games and pick up points without him. That's what we have to do. Aiden [McGeady] working his way back to full fitness and Duncan [Watmore] getting closer does mean we will have options. We don't have a like-for-like replacement but that means I'll have enough to try and make the best of it."
In other news, Ross reckons that there’s nothing to report on the Didier Ndong front. "There's nothing that I've been made aware of it in terms of an imminent departure," Ross said. "I think that the club are edging closer to trying to find an end to the matter, one way or another. Whether that goes down the same path as Djilobodji or whether it is a different one, I'm not entirely sure at the moment. I think they would like to get it ended one way or another. How it progresses from there we know already is difficult to say for certain, but it won't affect me either way. In terms of having him back in the playing squad we've gone long beyond that I think."