DAVID Hopkin has been dealt another injury blow with versatile Cameron Salkeld ruled out for a fortnight.

The Englishman revealed that he injured his thigh in training last week and that he’ll miss this Saturday’s clash against Dunfermline as well as the Scottish Cup tie against Premiership 
side St Johnstone in Perth.

It leaves Ton manager Hopkin facing a dilemma with Bob McHugh already out as his options look light up front, with only Robbie Muirhead and John Sutton available.

Salkeld admitted that the timing of the injury couldn’t be any worse as he looked to step in during the injury crisis — but he insists that he will come back stronger.

He told the Tele: “I felt my thigh go in training last week so I think I’m going to miss the next couple of weeks. 

“It’s quite a niggly injury.

“It’s frustrating because I had just had a run of about four or five games and had scored against Dundee. I was getting right into the swing of things, so to get a setback like this is really annoying.

“Obviously it’s not helped that we’ve not got a physio in full-time at the minute, so it’s been a bit stop-start, but we’ve got someone in a couple of days a week who has been working with me to help me get fitter and come back stronger.

“I feel like I’ve missed an opportunity to stake my claim further with Bob being out injured as well, but he will be back soon. Stuff like this just happens in football.

“The team did really well with a great all-round performance up at Arbroath at the weekend.

“I just need to get my head down and work hard to come back fitter and stronger and prove what I can do.”

The Englishman admits that it has been a whirlwind few months as he has adjusted to life in Greenock.

He believes that the best is yet to come in what he predicts will be a big second half of the season, not only for him but for Morton as a club.

He added: “The first six months have absolutely flown by, I’ve loved it.

“It’s been a big learning curve for me, not only on the park but off it as well now that I’m living myself.

“The gaffer likes to play me up front here and I’d only played there something like twice before I’d moved up from Gateshead, so it’s been a case of learning on the job.

“I’ve learned so much whilst I’ve been here. I’ve learned more in half a year than I did in my time at Gateshead.

“It’s a big six months ahead for me, though, because I dropped out the team after having an absolute nuke against Brora, which is understandable.

“I want to prove what I can do, because I’ve been nowhere near how I was playing last season. 

“I want to prove that I’m good enough to be here and hopefully help the team get up the table.

“We all know what we’re capable of.”