Andy Cannon will see a specialist next week, after fracturing his cheek bone in Tuesday night’s game against Fleetwood Town.
The 22-year-old was forced off during the second half of the match at the Crown Oil Arena and went to hospital, where an x-ray confirmed the fracture.
Manager Keith Hill had initially feared that Cannon would miss the remainder of the season due to the injury, but speaking to iFollow on Friday morning, Hill gave an update on the situation.
“Andy is going to see a specialist next week, so we’ll know more then,” said the Gaffer.
“There’s still a lot of bruising in and around the area, so they can’t make any judgement calls on what’s necessary with regards to whether he’ll need an operation or if he can, in a couple of weeks, wear a mask.
“If he does need an operation then he’ll be out for the season, but if he doesn’t, then he’ll have to use the experience of Calvin Andrew [who fractured his cheek bone without the need of an operation last season] to get out there and play again, because if we can protect it with a mask, then it’s essential that he proves his fitness.”