Sheffield Wednesday are set to find out the full extent of the Achilles injury which captain Anthony Gardner suffered at Middlesbrough later this week.
The centre-back was stretchered off after 39 minutes of Saturday’s 1-1 draw and Owls manager Dave Jones has told The Star that the former England international will shortly go see a specialist in London.
The Championship club, who have collected just three points from their opening five games, fear Gardner may have torn his Achilles tendon, meaning he could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The 32-year-old has started all six of the club’s matches this season alongside former Hull City teammate Kamil Zayatte.
Jones said: “It looks like Anthony has torn his Achilles, but we won’t know for sure until he has had a scan.”
The Owls chief drafted in Jordan Spence on an emergency loan from West Ham to ease his defensive woes last weekend. Wednesday are already missing full-backs Lewis Buxton and Joe Mattock through injury.
There was no movement in or out of Hillsborough before the transfer window closed at 11pm last night.