‘WE CAN’T RISK WOOD’S KNEES’
SAM Wood is set to be sidelined for the next few weeks after picking up a knee injury during last Friday’s win over Mansfield.
The Wycombe Wanderers winger went down only a few minutes into the game and, after a brief attempt to carry on, signalled that he needed to come off.
And while manager Gareth Ainsworth has every faith in a medical team who have kept his small squad ticking over this season, he will not risk Wood again before he’s ready.
He said: “Sam’s hurt his knee. I knew as soon as he’s gone down – you don’t hurt a knee and then signal 30 seconds later that you need to go down again – that’s serious.
“He did the same knee last year I think. It’s not major, but you don’t risk knees, especially with a squad our size. He will probably be out for a few weeks.
“We never get pulls, we always get contact or impact injuries, and that’s another one. We’ll give opportunities to other people, it’s time for others waiting in the wings to step up now.”
Even after losing Wood, who opened the scoring for Wycombe in last weekend’s win at Carlisle, the Chairboys went on to take all three points thanks to a goal from fellow winger Michael Harriman.
Ainsworth added: “If you ask enough questions, you get the answers. Winning 1-0 is as good as anything for me, and it takes us to within a point of our agreed total at the start of the season.
“At the other end, the back four acquitted themselves superbly, but we defended from the front today. We worked really hard on that this week after the couple of goals we have let in lately, and it’s paid dividends.”