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Injury blow for Hoskins
Will Hoskins will miss the start of the Championship season after a foot injury proved worse than first thought.
The Albion striker, left, has a broken a bone in a foot and is likely to be out for six weeks.
Hoskins’ bad news, which follows an injury-hit 2011-12 campaign, has increased Gus Poyet ’s urgency to sign a striker.
But the Albion manager is confident Craig Mackail-Smith is closing in on a return after a back problem.
Hoskins took a blow to the top of a foot in training last Friday and missed the 0-0 draw with Cordoba but Poyet was initially not too worried.
He last night revealed: “Now he will probably need an operation so he is going to be out for six weeks probably.
“Everything was all right (on Saturday) but it was very, very painful on Monday and he felt extra discomfort.
“It is probably the kind of injury you do not expect to happen. It was not swollen.
“We still didn’t find a striker so this will increase our need to do it quicker.”
Hoskins' injury could also impact any willingness Albion might have to let Craig Mackail-Smith go for the right price.
The Scottish international is known to be one of several strikers interesting Leeds.