POOL are sweating over Kevin Phillips’ fitness after the striker suffered an injury scare.
The 38-year-old has been dogged by a hip problem for the last fortnight.
He had been expected to start against Barnsley but pulled up in training the day before the game.
He has been sent to see a specialist, who, it is hoped, will get to the bottom of the problem quickly.
With just four games remaining – and with Roman Bednar out with medial knee ligament damage and Gary Taylor-Fletcher still shaking off the effects of a thudding aerial challenge – an injury to 17-goal top scorer Phillips is the last thing manager Ian Holloway wants.
“Kev tried to join in training the day before the game and he has had a little bit of a relapse,” explained the boss.
“It is a terrible thing at the top of your leg where your thigh joins your hip. If you get a little clicking or a little pull in there it is a nightmare.
“We had him running in straight lines which was fine. But the minute he tried to turn he had to limp out.
“So it is a case of fingers crossed on that front.”
Bednar is sidelined for at least another fortnight but Taylor-Fletcher – suffering damage to his shoulder after being injured at Watford on Good Friday – should be fit for Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.