St Johnstone: Steven Anderson to miss nearly two months' action

Steven Anderson is led from the field after suffering his injury

St Johnstone defender Steven Anderson has been ruled out of action for up to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on a dislocated thumb.

Anderson suffered the injury when he stumbled in the build-up to Partick Thistle's goal during in the Scottish Premiership.

said: "It's a blow for Steven and for us.

"We'll get specialist help to see what can be done to get him back a bit quicker than the current estimates."

Those suggest that the centre-half will be out for six to eight weeks, but Wright hopes that Anderson will live up to his "reputation as a quick healer".

"It might leave us a bit short on numbers at the back, but certainly not in terms of quality as I have Gary Miller and Dave Mackay who can both move into that role," said the manager.

Anderson slipped as Kris Doolan raced in for Thistle's sixth-minute opening goal at McDiarmid Park.

A St Johnstone statement explained: "Attempts to re-set the thumb on the pitch, in the treatment room and in Perth Royal Infirmary all proved unsuccessful and it took a lengthy operation under general anaesthetic in Dundee on Saturday evening to reset it and repair tissue and bone damage around the thumb."

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