Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has given a brief appraisal of possible timescales for Oliver Burke's return from injury.
Burke did not even make the bench for Tuesday night's 1-0 away loss to Burnley. He explained his absence shortly before kick-off by sending the following tweet:
Wishing the lads all the best. Unfortunately I have suffered a break in my hand. So annoyed but let's get the 3 points— Oliver Burke (@OliverBurke55) February 23, 2016
Freedman told BBC Radio Nottinghamshire that the winger could make a speedy return and be back within days - or it could be several weeks, and the club would know more after their medical department takes a close examination, with surgery potentially required.
"At the best, 10 days at the worst 5 weeks." - Freedman on Oliver Burke's broken hand. To be assessed for an operation or a cast. #NFFC— BBC Nottingham Sport (@BBCRNS) February 23, 2016
At the very least Burke will miss this weekend's home game against Bristol City, who lost 4-0 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in their midweek game.
Forest have now lost two games in a row, and Burke's absence is poorly timed, especially with Freedman telling the Nottingham Post once again he can be as good as Wilfried Zaha, on the day of the Burnley fixture.
The Scotland youth international has scored two goals for Forest this season in four league starts, and 13 appearances in total in all competitions.