By Danny Wright
Hamilton manager Martin Canning has confirmed that goalkeeper Gary Woods will miss Friday night’s clash with Rangers at the SuperSeal Stadium with a lacerated kidney.
Woods, 26, is likely to spend at least one month on the sidelines after he was involved in a heavy collision while playing against St Johnstone at the weekend.
Canning has revealed that the goalkeeper was taken to hospital after picking up his “freak injury” and has been under observation from doctors.
“He had bother with it over the weekend and went up to hospital,” Canning said,” as quoted by BBC Sport on their website.
“They’re keeping him in for 48 hours to keep an eye on him. They don’t think it will be anything major, but it will definitely put him out of Friday.”
The Hamilton medical staff are quoted as saying that Woods suffered the freak injury “just by landing heavily” during his side’s loss at McDiarmid Park on Saturday, ruling him out of playing against Rangers this week.
He has been ever-present for Accies this season, making 11 appearances across all competitions and keeping two clean sheets in the process.
While it would be unlikely he would add to his clean sheet tally against Pedro Caixinha’s side – who will be looking to bounce back after an Old Firm loss to Celtic – it is a major blow to Canning to be without his No 1 choice shot-stopper for the tie.
Darren Jamieson came on to replace Woods in the 55th minute of the St Johnstone clash at the weekend, putting him in solid contention to be named in the starting line-up to potentially face against the likes of in-form Alfredo Morelos.
In other Rangers news, this BBC commentator has brutally mocked the Gers players after the Celtic loss.