NEW boy Chiedozie Ogbene is facing several weeks on the sidelines after playing less than one full game for Rotherham United.
The flying winger made his debut late last month in the 1-1 home draw with Tranmere Rovers as a 12th-minute substitute following his move from Brentford.
But the 22-year-old sustained an injury during his first outing for the Millers and is now confined to the treatment room.
"It is pretty serious," admitted manager Paul Warne. "He has got a hamstring problem. During Tranmere game, he said he felt like his hamstring was tightening up."
Ironically, Ogbene, who put in an impressive performance on the left flank, had entered proceedings so early only because striker Kyle Vassell had suffered a hamstring problem of his own.
Vassell could be back in action this weekend but the newcomer's absence is expected to be longer term.
"Chieo has had a scan and he has quite a severe hamstring tear." Warne revealed. "He will be missing for a while."
Rotherham had been prepared to sub the substitute against Tranmere. However, the player insisted he could carry on.
"At one stage, we were taking him off, but he said he could handle it," Warne said . "He was running at 8/10. Considering that, his pace was impressive. He still looked quick to me."
Ogbene sat out last Saturday's League One derby at Doncaster Rovers where the Millers led 1-0 at the break before losing 2-1.
"It was unfortunate that Chieo was missing," said Warne. "He would have aided our cause."