Aston Villa defender John Terry is “devastated” after breaking his foot in his side’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
The former England midfielder limped off during the first half of the Championship clash and scans have shown a fracture to the fifth metatarsal.
Terry took to Instagram to share his dismay at the injury which could rule him out for a number of months.
He posted: “Devastated is an understatement to how I’m feeling tonight, after my CT scan I have just had news that I have broken my 5th metatarsal.
“I will be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as possible.”
Villa suffered just their second loss since August, going down 2-1, and boss Steve Bruce was hoping for good news on Terry’s lay-off.
“The loss of key players is critical to all of us, especially when it is someone like John Terry,” Bruce said.
“Fitness-wise John was in good nick. Let’s hope the injury is not so bad and he will be out for six weeks and not 12 weeks.”
Derby boss Gary Rowett thought he had watched a rerun of Halloween after Reading won 4-2 at Pride Park.
Any hopes of a fifth consecutive victory quickly vanished as the Royals made a mockery of their lowly Championship position to celebrate a second win in five days.
Reading dominated from the start, scoring two goals in the first 13 minutes with Liam Moore heading in a free-kick in the ninth minute before Sone Aluko beat two defenders to score from 12 yards.
Derby mustered nothing until early in the second half – but a dreadful Curtis Davies pass gifted Roy Beerens a third goal in the 54th minute.
Modou Barrow wasted two chances before a mistake by Vito Mannone allowed Johnny Russell to give Derby hope in the 71st minute but it quickly vanished as Barrow finished a counter-attack four minutes later.
Chris Martin converted Andre Wisdom’s cross in the 90th minute but by then, it was too late for Derby.
Rowett said: “After 10 minutes, I was looking to see where the pumpkins were, I thought I had missed something and it was Halloween this evening.”
Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill refused to criticise the club’s fans for turning on the team in their 2-0 loss at Barnsley.
The visiting fans at Oakwell made their feelings abundantly clear as they watched their team fail to score for the fourth game running and drop into the Championship relegation zone.
“I think that you have to carry on working through those setbacks as a manager, you can’t give in to anything,” said Cotterill.
“We’re inches away from going 1-0 up and that’s happened a couple of times. That would probably give us the fillip and the boost that we need out there at the moment. To then go and concede is a real kick in the teeth.
“I thought that from then on we worked a couple of opportunities, but not quite got our shot off.
“I think at the moment we’re looking for the perfect shot, which you don’t get. It might be that we take those shots when we’ve got them and they’re on offer to us, but we haven’t quite done that at this time.
“For whatever has been sung today, whatever’s been chanted, I won’t criticise our fans like I don’t criticise my players. I won’t do that.”
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder hailed a “first-class” display from Leon Clarke after he scored all four of the Blades’ goals in their comeback victory over Hull.
Visiting Hull led at the break thanks to Kamil Grosicki’s fine 29th-minute strike but United turned things around in style in the second half to claim a 4-1 win, with Clarke leading the way.
He levelled in the 53rd minute before adding three more goals in the final 14 minutes to seal the victory and help United climb up to second in the Championship.
Unsurprisingly, the 32-year-old’s match-winning performance drew generous praise from Wilder, but the manager’s plaudits were not limited just to his four-goal striker.
He said: “We found ourselves one-nil down, completely against the run of play, so it was a big test of character for us, especially after the defeat at QPR.
“I just thought we showed exactly what we’re about, with and without the ball.
“The belief the players had in themselves and each other was outstanding and it was a fully deserved result.
“I thought all of the players were outstanding. We had a few words with them after Tuesday night because we were not where we set our standards and we had to get back on it.
“Leon (Clarke) was outstanding and he has been. His performance was first-class.”