Huddersfield midfielder Kasey Palmer could be sidelined until January due to a serious hamstring injury, head coach David Wagner has confirmed.
Playmaker Palmer, 20, on another season-long loan from Chelsea after helping the Terriers win promotion, suffered a recurrence of an old problem while on recent international duty with England Under-21s.
“Unfortunately, this was a very disappointing message for us this week,” Wagner told a press conference before Saturday’s home league game against Leicester.
“Kasey came back with some problems from England Under-21s and after we made further investigations we’ve seen this is not a small problem, it’s a bigger problem.
“The injury he had last January, the tendons in his hamstrings, the injury is more or less as big as it was before, so we expect he’ll be out for a longer period.
“Now we have to make further investigations, but he will be out for a few months.”
Palmer, who featured in all four games before Monday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham, is likely to return to his parent club for a full diagnosis and treatment.
“This is something we have to discuss. We have to find the best solution for Kasey. Everything I hear so far, it will be a few months,” Wagner said.
“This could be January, hopefully less. At the minute it’s too early to give a real time-frame. We need some more investigations but he will, for sure, not be back in the next six or eight weeks.”