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Warburton confirms Kranjcar lay-off, speaks about January transfer plans

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference before this weekend’s trip to Dingwall, Mark Warburton has confirmed that Niko Kranjcar faces a six-month spell on the sidelines with a torn ACL.

“Niko has unfortunately suffering an ACL injury. He's currently having it reconstructed by one of the best surgeons down in London.” manager Mark Warburton said. “It will be a six month rehabilitation period for Niko. Everyone in the building is so disappointed for him. They know how hard he works.”

The manager also revealed he may dip into the loan market in January to secure a short-term replacement for the 81-times capped Croatian saying: “We might look for a loan option in January. We need to have strength and depth. We'll see how the squad is shaping up come then.

“If you use the loan market wisely you can access a player you normally wouldn't be able to afford.”

Having lost his two ‘marquee’ signings, Warburton may feel the need to bring in a a third, even if only temporarily, and provide his side with a boost coming out of the winter break however with Jordan Rossiter and Matt Crooks yet to really feature, Halliday and Holt in good form and Harry Forrester and Barrie McKay capable of playing there too, any signing might not be a like-for-like replacement.

Let the speculation begin...