“We don’t know how long it’s going to keep him out,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “He certainly won’t be available for this game, and it could be much longer than that.
“At the moment of course it’s the early stage of the injury and he’s still being assessed. It’s totally unrealistic to suggest he’d be ready for this game.”
The manager reiterated that the medical staff were doing all they could ensure a swift return to action.
“You never know with these hamstring injuries, but Wilf is incredible in terms of recovery so I wouldn’t want to put a definite timeline on it. But it’s a muscle strain and all muscle strains take time to heal.
“Our people are doing their level best to get him back on the field.”