Tommy Smith injury, not good news.

I thought it might have been a fractured foot at worst. If it is his achilles, he’ll be out for the season. A tough injury.
I was at the pre-season friendly at Chesterfield when Tommy Smith was stretchered off, so I’m wondering whether it’s a reoccurrence of that injury.
This is a massive blow. He is a quality player. Smith is solid at the back and can cross a ball and get forward to support the attack.

VDB is young, not a natural RB and no real threat going forward. He is solid at the back , but Smith offers much more.

I would like to see Dijksteel get a chance. It seems ages since he played regularly.
That is the second of our players with a bad injury,where we haven't had a free kick or punishment of any kind.Yet yesterday is seemed like their players where dropping like flies everytime we attacked one of their players was having a lie down.I wonder if their no23 had an inner ear problem he spent the whole second half on his ****.
Don't really have a preference on either potential replacement.

Rav feels like the future of our defence, so the sooner he gets experience the better.

But Dijk + Crooks + Jones on the right gives me all sorts of fuzzy feelings.
Never a good look when you go down without an opposite player in site, especially as he allowed a dangerous counterattack.
dijksteel my preference always liked him.
sincerely hope Tommy makes a full recover.
It won't happen because I don't think Carrick sees it like this, but I'd be tempted to stick Howson in there with Barlaser playing so well.

He's been excellent there in the past and while not the same leader Smith is, would at least add that experience. Not mention how good is he is on the ball.
Can’t see Carrick doing that, what cover would we have in centre mid? Djiksteel the obvious replacement or Rav.