LEWIS Cook required stitches to repair a "deep gash" on his shin suffered against Birmingham this afternoon.

The midfielder went in for a challenge with Blues midfielder Gary Gardner and came off worse.

Cook received treatment from Steve Hard and briefly hobbled on, before swiftly having to be replaced by Dan Gosling during the first half of the 3-1 win at St Andrew's.

Asked for an update on the 23-year-old, boss Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo: "Unfortunately Lewis got a deep gash to his shin. Not quite sure how many stitches he’s had but it was a deep gash.

"Really disappointed, it was a big blow for us to lose Lewis Cook because I thought at the time he was outstanding.

"He started the game excellent, but it’s something which shouldn’t keep him out too long. Hopefully he should be back after the international break."

Cook slid in and won the ball before being caught by Gardner on the ground.

Asked if he had any issues with the tackle, Tindall said: "No, it was a 50-50 challenge. Both players went in fully committed and unfortunately for us and for Lew, he came out worse and he had to come off but thankfully it’s something that’s not too serious."