CONCERNED Worcester Warriors chief Alan Solomons has been left with limited options at hooker after Jack Singleton sustained an elbow injury.

Singleton was forced off 14 minutes into Warriors’ 17-6 defeat at Newcastle Falcons yesterday and Solomons reckoned the 22-year-old could be out for two weeks.

Isaac Miller struggled when he came on in Singleton’s place but looks set to claim the number two shirt for Warriors’ next Gallagher Premiership match against Exeter Chiefs at Sixways on Saturday (3pm).

Solomons may turn to academy hooker Beck Cutting as back-up to Miller with Niall Annett (shoulder) not due back until the clash at Bristol Bears on March 23 and Joe Taufete’e set to face Canada for USA in the Americas Championship finale on Friday.

On Singleton’s injury, Solomons said “He hyperextended his elbow so we are going to have to look at it and see what the situation is.

“It is a concern as it might be a two-week injury, it might be one week. It will be better if it is the latter to be honest.”

It was Miller’s second outing in the Premiership this season following his summer switch from Championship club London Scottish.

But the Scot had a torrid afternoon as he missed his target at the lineout on numerous occasions and made other mistakes in the loose.

However, Solomons defended Miller, insisting it was “very difficult” for the 24-year-old to step into Singleton’s shoes having had little game-time.

“Our lineout malfunctioned a little bit after Jack went off,” Solomons said.

“Isaac missed a lot of the early part of the season because of his fractured collarbone.

“We made too many errors and the consequence of that was that we were unable to get a foothold in their half.

“We had the opportunity where we had the scrum five metres from their line but we were unable to do anything about that.”

On the malfunctioning lineout, Solomons said: “It’s very difficult for a young lad who hasn’t been playing with the team.

“There are a combination of factors (of why the lineout failed).

“We weren’t securing lineout ball, we were making a lot of errors and when we looked to recover in the second half we didn’t have either territory or possession.”

Warriors could also be without Marco Mama for their meeting with the leaders after the back rower suffered a blow to the head against Falcons.

Mama, playing at number eight with Gerrit-Jan van Velze (arm) ruled out for two months, looked dizzy when he left the field on 57 minutes.

“Marco took a knock so he went off for a HIA (head injury assessment) and wasn’t brought back on so we are going to have a look at that,” Solomons added.

“Obviously he has got to go through the return to play protocol.”