Holmes ruled out for six weeks

Holmes suffered a serious gash to his knee when he collided with

an advertising board during North End’s draw with Bournemouth on

Saturday, with the wound requiring 45 stitches.

“Lee is going to be out six weeks, I would suspect,” Westley

told the club’s official website.

“He had an operation on Saturday night and it all went well, but

he is that distance away from first team action.

“He is going to be in a splint for two weeks, with 45 stitches

in the injury. It is a case of the wound healing and then

rehabilitating the leg.

“He’s going to lose a lot of fitness during that time, so he has

six weeks to full training and then we have to get him fit.”