WARRINGTON Town skipper Jay McCarten looks like being out for around three weeks with an ankle injury, manager Paul Carden says.

Centre-half McCarten, who has been ever-present for Yellows this season, limped off during Saturday’s 1-1 Evo-Stik Premier Division draw at Altrincham.

Early indications were that McCarten had broken a bone in his foot and while Carden says an initial x-ray proved that was not the case, he may need a second one to be certain.

“Jay’s struggling, to be honest,” he told the Guardian.

“He went for an x-ray and that shows he hasn’t broken anything, but his ankle is pretty swollen so there’s every chance he’ll have to have another one.

“He’s on crutches at the moment and it looks like he’s going to be out for a bit.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a week or 10 days.

“He’s in pain with it and he couldn’t walk on it yesterday so I’m pretty sure it’s going to be closer to three weeks than anything else.”

While Carden may be without his captain for Saturday’s FA Trophy trip to Wealdstone, Yellows have been handed better news at the other end of the field.

Top scorer Jamie McDonald, who has scored nine FA Trophy goals this season, and strike partner Tony Gray are set to overcome ankle injuries of their own to make the trip south.

“A bit of relief was that Jamie McDonald’s ankle is not as bad as we first thought and that Tony Gray’s has settled right down as well,” Carden said.

“They should be okay for Saturday.

“I’m hoping Devarn Green will be back for Saturday as well. Everyone else is okay.”