"I don't know how long he will be out for" he said. "I have left him in and out. The only thing I can say is that isn't the solution as it hasn't got rid of the pain, so we have to rest him until he's completely free of pain. It means that we have to make a real decision now.
"It's not an operation, it's an inflammation from a kick, and bone bruising can last anything from two weeks to three months. He's had it since we played Roma in mid-March and I don't know how long it will last."
Not good news when we've got the Premiership to play for.