Pericard out for at least a month

Pericard returned to training this week but broke down in midweek and a scan revealed that the thigh will take some time to heal properly.

It is a blow to the Frenchman who has been quite public in his frustration at being unable to oust Yakubu and Teddy Sheringham in the first team, and the recurrence of the injury means that Jason Roberts has a good chance to establish himself in the team.