MARK WARBURTON is as-yet unsure just how long he will be without Danny Wilson and Joe Dodoo after both limped out of last night’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
Wilson failed to make kick-off after pulling out of the warm-up, while Dodoo lasted just 15 minutes before being injured inside the penalty area following a clash with home keeper Jamie MacDonald – an incident Warburton reckons should have seen his side awarded a penalty kick.
The manager explained: “Danny had a calf problem. It felt tight in the warm-up, and Danny is an honest player – he has to be honest, and as he himself said, we can’t afford to lose a central defender for four to six weeks with a calf strain.
“It was precautionary, the right thing to do, and Danny was very honest about the whole thing.
“For Joe, when he was injured that was a big penalty shout for us – it was a nailed-on penalty and we couldn’t understand why it wasn’t given.
“Joe went over on his ankle, so he will have a precautionary x-ray and touch-wood he will be OK.”
Both players were replaced with strength from the bench, with Clint Hill replacing Wilson and new man Joe Garner coming on for Garner.
And Warburton was again very pleased with the depth he now has available to him, adding: “I’d like to make note of Clint Hill as well tonight. He came in at two minutes notice, and for him to step-in as he did was first class.
“The substitutes all came on and added energy. We tried to get Michael O’ Halloran on, but things changed with the Joe Dodoo injury early on. There are no doubts about the quality of the squad – there are other boys we didn’t use tonight who are of great quality.”