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17 March 2022

"It’s disappointing for him and it's a big loss to the group as well"

Kayden Jackson is likely to miss the remainder of the season due to a hamstring injury, Kieran McKenna has confirmed.

The striker, who has started in each of the last three games, was forced from the field just before half-time in Saturday's home game against Portsmouth.

Sam Morsy also came off during the first half against Pompey, with a decision being made on his fitness tomorrow ahead of the weekend's trip to Oxford. 

Lee Evans, who last featured just under a month ago when the Blues hosted Burton, could return to training with the group next week.

"Kayden's going to be out for a significant amount of time," said Kieran. "It’s very unlikely he’ll play much football before the end of the season.

"It’s disappointing for him and it's a big loss to the group as well. He’s a credit to himself for how he’s applied himself over the last few months. 

"Sam Morsy has had a scan. The situation is not much different to what it was going into last week. There’s no significant damage. He’s very keen to be involved in the game but we will have to make the right decision. 

"Lee is back out on the grass but won't be available for Saturday. We're hoping that he will be back training with the group from next week."

Kieran also revealed that Bersant Celina will not be joining up with Kosovo ahead of their international friendlies at the end of the month. 

Santi would have missed the Blues' home game with Plymouth had he made the decision to feature for Alain Giresse's side against Burkina Faso and Switzerland.

"My understanding is that Bersant has had conversations with Kosovo and has made it clear that he really wants to stay and be involved in a big game for us," Town's boss continued.

"As I understand it, he’ll be available for us for the next few weeks. He’s a player we’re really enjoying working with and who has good experience, but we think he can still take some further steps."

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