Wycombe Wanderers lose Gareth Ainsworth to broken thumb

Gareth Ainsworth
Ainsworth was sent off in his last game, a loss to Sheffield Wednesday

Veteran Wycombe Wanderers winger Gareth Ainsworth has been ruled out for four weeks following the news he will need an operation on a broken thumb.

He suffered the injury in the 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday two weeks ago and will undergo surgery on Thursday.

The 38-year-old had played 14 games this season.

It is Wycombe's second injury blow this week with keeper Steven Arnold ending his loan spell at Hayes & Yeading with a fractured metatarsal in his foot.

The 22-year-old is expected to be out for at least eight weeks after undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

He made 17 appearances for Hayes in what started as a season-long loan at the Blue Square Bet Premier side.

The former Norwich City youngster has yet to feature for the Chairboys since arriving from Grays in January 2010.