Ian McCall has confirmed that a pair of injured Partick Thistle players underwent surgery last week, while a further two players also require operations.
The Jags have endured a disappointing start to life in League One following their controversial relegation from the Championship, winning just one of their opening four matches in the division.
A late equaliser from Falkirk’s Charlie Telfer in a 2-2 draw at Firhill on Saturday represented their latest setback and McCall provided a concerning injury update following the game.
“I don’t talk about injuries, but we’ve had two players operated on already this week and I think there’s another two next week,” he said. “These are the things you’ve got to cope with, though.”
The Jags boss didn’t give the names of those who had undergone or were awaiting procedures, but there were a number of notable absentees from the matchday squad at the weekend, including Jamie Sneddon, Tam O’Ware, Zak Rudden and Salim Kouider-Aissa.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Jags, though, as they dominated large periods of the game against a strong Bairns side and McCall was particularly pleased with Ryan Williamson’s display.
The former Dunfermline right-back was a constant threat on the overlap and won a penalty shortly after the Bairns had taken the lead.
“I think he was terrific,” added McCall. “Maybe he and Joe [Cardle] ran out of legs a wee bit but that’s Ryan’s first full 90 minutes, so we can forgive him for that.”
“But I was very very pleased with both of them. To be honest, I thought, for the first half an hour of the second half, we didn’t have a failure.
“Docherty and Bannigan controlled the game and got our wide players on it. We created one fantastic chance, scored two goals and then made another couple of chances. So, I can’t ask for much more, other than having a bit of savvy to see the game out.”