SWINDON Town defender Mathieu Baudry will be out for weeks, if not months, according to manager John Sheridan as the Frenchman attempts to resolve a problematic hamstring injury.

Sheridan said the defender – who turns 33 on Wednesday – had been suffering with the issue for a while and had asked to come off in over half a dozen games before finally breaking down in the 4-1 defeat to MK Dons on December 29.

Baudry has been missing from the Town squad ever since that day, and Sheridan revealed the former vice-captain is not likely to return any time soon either.

He said: “Mathieu Baudry is a few weeks away – he’s having scans and is possibly a long-term injury.

“He’s similar to Conor Masterson in that we don’t know the timescale for when they’ll be back. It’s definitely weeks or even months though.

“It’s a hamstring problem that he’s had for a while. He wanted to come off in six or seven of the games that he was playing.

“It’s a hamstring problem that has been occurring too often, and it’s something he needs to get sorted out.”

Meanwhile, the Town boss said it will be the same squad as Saturday for Swindon’s trip to Sincil Bank – with a visit to the league leaders coming too soon for Tyler Smith, Joel Grant and Jordan Lyden.

Sheridan said: “Tyler Smith and Joel Grant are back training today, and Jordan Lyden will possibly be back before the Northampton game, but it will be the same squad as what was involved on Saturday.

“Anthony Grant’s concussion – we’ve just got to be careful with that one. That will be the doctor’s decision when he will be available to train again.”