DEON BURTON'S loan spell at York City is definitely over after scans showed the striker has suffered a medial ligament injury.

The 38-year-old marksman, crocked early in the second half of the Minstermen's 1-1 FA Cup first round draw with AFC Wimbledon last Saturday, is facing two to three months on the sidelines.

It has meant his stay at Bootham Crescent has been curtailed after just two games, with the former Jamaican international being rehabilitated back at parent club Scunthorpe United.

City boss Russ Wilcox had already indicated he would be stepping up his search for forwards in the loan market in the wake of the injury with the Minstermen having just three recognised senior centre forwards on the books.

And, with Jake Hyde, Wes Fletcher and Ryan Jarvis all having experienced injury problems in a disrupted Sky Bet League Two season, he has stressed the need to now keep them fit.

But, while Wilcox scouts about the loan market, he is also hoping to have Fletcher back in his starting eleven for Saturday's visit of Oxford United and feels he could form a potent partnership with Hyde.

On Burton, he said: "I don't know the timescale of the injury but I know it is a medial and that Scunthorpe will be dealing with the medical side.

"It has brought his time with us to an end. One of the reasons I brought him to the club was his knowledge and experience at the top of the pitch and we will have to find another one."

He added: "Fingers crossed we will have Wes Fletcher back, which is great news. I worked with him at Burnley and he showed what a key player he can be.

"We need to keep him fit and healthy. I look at him and Jake Hyde and they could be a partnership. We have got to try and get a settled side out if we can.

"That's the key from now on. It is going to be difficult with games on Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday coming up.

"It's about getting that fitness and maintaining it."