Connor Wickham and Preston North End will learn how serious his injury that he suffered midweek is, as reported by Lancs Live.
The forward pulled up with a hamstring injury late in Tuesday night’s 4-1 victory over Cheltenham Town, and over the next few days, he will find out how long he is expected to miss.
The 29-year-old joined The Lilywhites a little over a week ago on a short-term contract that expires in January, with this setback likely to impact his chances of securing an extension.
Wickham, whose six years at Crystal Palace came to an end this summer, had been training with Frankie McAvoy’s side in the summer before he was awarded with the contract.
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McAvoy has confirmed that Wickham will have to “see a specialist” after suffering the late injury on Tuesday whilst speaking with Lancs Live: “But Connor has picked up a muscle injury and he will need to see a specialist.
“So it is not looking too good at the moment if I am brutally honest.
“My thoughts at the moment are with Connor because he has worked so hard to get to where he was and obviously, we had done what we felt was the best thing for the club going forward.
“It’s a tough one for him and we just need to see what is diagnosed once he sees the specialist.”
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It will be a tough one for Wickham to take, as it seemed that he was nearing regular football again for the first time in a very long time.
Not only does this mean that he will miss more football, but because he was on a short-term contract, he had every chance to put in the performances required to force Preston into an extension.
That possibility now looks a lot slimmer, and he will be – as well as the club – for some good news when he heads to the specialist.
A month to six weeks will give him a fighting chance to extend his contract with The Lilywhites, anything longer, then it will become extremely difficult for him.