Huddersfield Town could be without midfielder Jonathan Hogg for two months in a setback boss David Wagner described as worse than his side’s 1-0 home defeat by Ipswich Town.
The 27-year-old will have a scan to determine the severity of the knee injury which forced him off in the 80th minute and left Town with 10 men because all three permitted substitutions had already been made.
“Hoggy has a damaged medial ligament. It could be six to eight weeks,” said Wagner, whose side are 16th and 10 points above the Championship drop zone.
Hogg’s injury comes with two other anchor midfielders unavailable.
Emyr Huws remains sidelined by an ankle injury while Philip Billing is suspended for the next two matches - at Derby County on Saturday and at home to Reading the following Tuesday.
Wagner, who also had to take off defender Joel Lynch because of a hamstring problem, added: “For me Hoggy’s injury is worse than the result.”
Town dominated the statistics for both chances and possession but fell to Ben Pringle’s 19th-minute goal.
“Our first half was fantastic and it hurts that we got this result,” insisted Wagner.
“The possession and the shots we had tell you everything about this game. Usually you would get the result.”