KENNY MILLER faces a “significant” period of time out of action after suffering a ruptured hamstring in last week’s win over Hibernian.
The experienced striker had to be replaced after just 15 minutes of the game at Easter Road, and despite the initial signs being positive for a quick recovery, further investigation revealed the full extent of his injury.
Speaking this morning, interim boss Graeme Murty explained: “Kenny’s is going to be more significant than we thought. Unfortunately it looks as though he has a rupture of his hamstring, so he is going to have a significant amount of time out.
“We were hopeful given the way he presented, and given the fact his range was okay, but once we’ve scanned it, we have seen there is significant damage in there, so we have to be more conservative in our approach with him.
“That’s a painful one for him and a sore one for the group as he is an integral part of everything that we do around the place. If anyone knows Kenny, they know the standards that he drives.
“So we are going to miss him.”
Murty also gave an update on other injured members of his squad, continuing: “We are obviously going to miss Graham [Dorrans] after his operation, while Jordan [Rossiter] has had an injection which will hopefully lead him to go on further than he is currently.
“Jak Alnwick has also had an injection in his ankle as he has had a problem for a small amount of time. We are hoping this injection could clear it up, but we are going to have to give him a rest for a period, but hopefully that’s not too long.”
Meanwhile, captain Lee Wallace is getting ever-nearer to a return to action, with Murty seeing his future involvement as a real bonus for his side.
He said: “Lee is getting closer, but I think he is going to need minutes. It’s encouraging to see the signs and encouraging to see the speed and the tempo he has been able to play at.
“So having Lee back strengthens us not just in terms of numbers, but also in terms of the kind of character he is. He is the club captain, and having him involved is obviously something we want to get done as soon as he can.”
Both Carlos Pena and Fabio Cardoso weren’t in the squad for the weekend defeat to St Johnstone, but are available for this Saturday’s trip to Kilmarnock, with Murty adding: “Yes, they are able to be involved at the weekend.”