St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean is facing an anxious wait to discover the extent of the injury caused by his dislocated elbow.
The Saints hitman suffered the freak injury after scoring in Saturday’s Tayside derby against Dundee and had to be carried from the field.
The 29-year-old had the arm put in plaster and hoped to learn how long he is facing on the sidelines after a scan on Tuesday, but will require specialist advice in two-weeks-time.
A spokesman for St Johnstone said: "It's hoped that the plaster will immobilise the elbow sufficiently to allow healing to take place but an operation cannot be ruled out and if that's the case a lengthy absence is on the cards."
MacLean’s teammate, the former Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie, staked his claim for his first start for the club in Saturday's home match with St Mirren when he scored for the club’s Under-20s in a 2-1 win at Falkirk last night.
Rowan Vine, who is in the midst of a three-match ban, was also on target.