PURSE INJURED BY FRANCIS
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The highly-rated defender, who is expected to be ruled out of action for five weeks, picked up the injury after blocking a shot from Francis in training on Tuesday.
Francis admitted the loss of the former Oxford United ace, who has attracted the interest of Arsenal, was a big blow to the club after an impressive start to the season.
"I took a shot with considerable force and Darren put his arms up to try and prevent the ball from going into the net," Francis told the club's official website.
"X-rays have revealed that Darren's wrist is broken in two places and he will be in plaster for five weeks.
"It's absolutely terrible news and has left everybody in a state of shock."
The injury leaves Francis with defensive problems ahead of their clash with Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.