STRIKER Yakubu will miss tomorrow’s crucial relegation battle at Bury with injury and could be out for a couple of weeks, Sky Blues boss Russell Slade has confirmed.
The 32-year-old former Everton and Nigerian international was recruited until the end of the season earlier this month in the hope of providing much needed firepower, and help score the goals necessary to avoid the drop.
He came on in the 69th minute in the disappointing 1-3 defeat at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday against Swindon, with his side already 2-0 down.
But ‘the Yak’ was seen walking around the pitch for the rest of the game, and looked to have suffered a hamstring injury.
A fan posted on YouTube a video of Yakubu making little or no attempt to break into running mode.
It was his third substitute appearance for the club in which he has made some impact in each game, and he went on to provide an assist for George Thomas’s consolation injury-time goal with a short sideways pass from the right flank.
Team boss Russell Slade today confirmed the player had ‘tweaked’ his hamstring, and said he had instinctively thought about bringing the player off before realising he had already made the third and final substitution available to him.
Slade added: “It was his hamstring so unfortunately he won’t be travelling tomorrow night.
“That’s why he wasn’t moving in the latter stages of the game.
“He’s in contact with the physio who’s looking at it, so we’ll have a look at it today.
“We don’t think it’s too serious but it’s probably going to be a couple of weeks.”