Erskine to miss Rangers trip as Jags' injury woes deepen
Partick Thistle will not be able to name a full substitutes' bench again this weekend.
Alan Archibald says Partick Thistle will struggle to fill their substitutes' bench again this weekend as they continue to go through one of the worst injury spells he's seen as a manager.
Chris Erskine is the latest injury doubt for the Firhill side having suffered a calf problem in training last week.
He missed the win over St Johnstone last weekend and is expected to skip the trip to Ibrox to face Rangers on Saturday to continue his recovery.
Last week's 1-0 home win was only the third time since the start of September the Jags have been able to name seven subs.
For the 2-0 defeat to Kilmarnock midway through October they named just five on the bench.
Thistle had just ten fit players training on Tuesday but even though they were able to increase that number to 14 on Thursday, Archibald said it is the worst injury crisis he's experienced as a manager.
"I've never encountered so many long-term injuries," he told STV.
"Everybody gets one or two muscle injuries as you go through week by week but we've encountered a hell of a lot and it's probably the worst case.
"We'll probably not be able to fill the bench this week again because of continuing injury problems."
He added: "We have to concentrate on the guys that are fit and instil them with confidence because they're good enough to win us games as we've seen recently."
Thistle will also be without Stuart Bannigan, Callum Booth, Mustapha Dumbuya (all knee), Christie Elliott (ankle) and Abdul Osman (shoulder) for the trip to Ibrox on Saturday.