Swindon Town goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux is potentially facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after his dead leg escalated into a far more serious injury.
The 22-year-old has been out of action since the 2-2 draw with Millwall last month after taking a heavy blow to his leg following a collision with team-mate Nathan Thompson.
It was expected that the on-loan Liverpool stopper would return to the fold for the Good Friday defeat to Wigan Athletic, but he has now missed Town’s last four games, including Saturday’s 1-1 stalemate with Fleetwood Town.
A section of the Swindon support began to question the length of Vigouroux’s absence yesterday, with some suggesting that maybe all was not well between the goalie and the Robins.
However, when quizzed on the matter in the wake of yesterday’s game, Town Head Coach Luke Williams explained in detail the difficulties Vigouroux has faced on his road to recovery, including having to have a blood clot removed.
“From what I understand from the medical department he suffered a dead leg which is a bleeding on the muscle,” he told members of the local press.
“That formed a blood clot on the muscle that was removed but it left a hole in the muscle, a tear in the muscle, so that needs to knit back together.
“It takes a considerable amount of time and there is potentially a further problem with it that Liverpool Football Club are assessing.
“He’s their player and they are fortunate enough to have every single resource available to them, so they are looking at Lawrence to make sure that they don’t put him at risk by putting him back into action too quickly.
“As soon as I hear dead leg my understanding is that it hurts a little bit and it’s a bit sore, but obviously the medical team have been able to enlighten me a little bit that it can be a lot more severe than that.”
Meanwhile, Fabien Robert missed the draw with Fleetwood after picking up a knock during the 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Scunthorpe United on Easter Monday, and the French attacker is considered a huge doubt for Tuesday’s long trip to Oldham Athletic.
“Fabien picked up a knock in the Scunthorpe game that developed over the week and got worse and he was pulled out training,” added Williams.
“Potentially, yeah (when asked if he was a doubt for Tuesday).”
Jon Obika is currently nursing a hamstring injury but is expected to return to the fold for the clash away at Bradford City next Saturday.