Tigers fear lengthy Gardner leave

Gardner was stretchered off in the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s

3-0 defeat at Upton Park and there were immediate concerns that the

defender had fractured his leg. The Tigers will assess the injury

over the next 24 hours, but Brown offered a pessimistic outlook

regarding the 29-year-old’s fitness. “How bad is the injury to

Anthony Gardner? I’m not quite sure at the moment,” said Tigers

boss Brown. “We’ll have to see, but I’ve heard the words ‘fibula’

and ‘tibia’ used, so it doesn’t sound too good. “We will just have

to find out whether it’s bad bruising or a break, so we could be

without him for a long time. “But we’ve got a couple of big players

in Jimmy Bullard and Geovanni on their way back. “We are going away

to Galway for a few days, and hopefully that will give us the time

to regroup and go into the final 11 games of the season treating

them all as cup finals.”