The gaffer has explained that Ellis Simms' recovery hasn't been as smooth as expected, and he will now be assessed by his parent club Everton.
“We hoped he might be okay after this international break, but I did say before that it depends on a few things."
“He won’t be available yet. It’s his toe – he’s had x-rays and scans, and Everton may now want to scan him."
UP TO EVERTON
“Our first diagnosis is that he may have had some ligament damage on his big toe, a difficult and painful area. But Everton will decide what to do in terms of a further scan or x-ray as, ultimately, he’s their player.”