There was good news and bad news from the Oxford United treatment room this week.
Midfielder Joe Rothwell, pictured, limped off in the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Plymouth Argyle and had a scan on Monday.
The bad news is that he will miss the next few weeks but the good news is that the injury wasn’t as bad as it first appeared.
United’s head of sports science and medicine said on Tuesday that there was no tear as first feared. Instead, there is ‘a relatively small irritation’ at the top of the 23-year-old’s hamstring.
Procter added: “It’s not related to his previous injury and it’s certainly not a dramatic tear, it’s just bad luck that he picks up a new injury after successfully coming back from the last one.
“So now we know precisely what we are dealing with and can start working with Joe to get him out on the pitch again.
“We have to be careful with it and we won’t be setting timescales on his return until everything settles down a little but he has a fantastic attitude, understands what needs to be done and hopefully he won’t be out for too long.”
The former Manchester United trainee has scored five goals in 32 appearances in all competition for the U’s this season.
- Right back Sam Long, 23, has extended his initial month stay at Hampton & Richmond Borough for a further month.