St Mirren look set to contest this weekend’s League Cup semi-final without Jake Doyle-Hayes, who is set for a period on the treatment table.

The Irish midfielder has been inspirational for Jim Goodwin’s side since arriving from Aston Villa in the summer, a new contract already on the table. But he picked up an injury at the weekend as Saints lost 1-0 to St Johnstone.

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Doyle-Hayes was missing on Saturday. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

And in addition to an injury for new signing Collin Quaner and poor refereeing decisions in Perth, Goodwin says he is likely to be without the Irish midfielder for up to a month.

St Mirren’s boss said: “The referee’s decisions were really costly but we didn’t play as well as we would have liked. It looks like a little bit of medial (ligament) damage with Collin but I don’t think it is anything too severe.

“But we do have a concern over Jake. It looks as if he has pulled a muscle in his thigh. That could be a four to six weeks job, which is a real blow because he has been a big player for us. But we aren’t going to be too downhearted.

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Goodwin’s St Mirren men were beaten on Saturday. (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We lost to a good side. But you rely on referees to get the big decisions right and unfortunately that hasn’t happened. We have a big week now to prepare for what is a huge game for the club, a semi-final with Livingston at Hampden.

“We won’t allow ourselves to feel sorry for ourselves. Hopefully we can give a better account of ourselves on Sunday.”

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