Date: 16th March 2009 at 10:49am
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Steven Thompson was stretchered off after just 8 minutes into the match against Nottingham Forest on Saturday following a hard challenge from Forest defender Wes Morgan.

He had damaged his ankle ligament but needed a scan to evaluate the extent of the injury.

The scan results show that the ankle injury is not as bad as first feared which is a great boost to Owen Coyle and the team with the Clarets preparing to secure a play-offs place over the next few weeks.

The gaffer is now confident that Thompson will be back in action sooner than anticipated.

Coyle told the Official Site:

‘Steven’s scans came back ok, there is no break, but there is some ankle ligament damage. We don’t think it’s that bad, but we’ll have to wait and see how it settles over the week.He will definitely miss the next two games.’

Thompson will therefore miss the match against Ipswich at Portman Road tomorrow night (Tuesday 17th March) and the Saturday game away to Plymouth. There will then be a welcome break for the International games and by then Thommo could have recovered enough to play in the match against Derby at Pride Park on Saturday April 4th.

We will miss Thompson in the next two games but this should be a good opportunity for Jay Rodriguez to maybe make a couple of starts up front with Martin Paterson and press home his challenge for an automatic starting eleven place. Rodriguez did well after coming on to replace Thommo against Forest scoring a stunning goal that could be a candidate for goal of the season.