The Trinidad and Tobago international picked up the injury just minutes into Tuesday night’s 3-0 reserve team victory over Wigan on his comeback from a three-match ban.
However, central defender John Mensah is out with a recurrence of a calf problem which is causing some concern.
Bruce said: “John Mensah hurt his calf in training and I can’t see him being fit.
“It’s a concern, it’s a huge concern.”
Midfielder Lee Cattermole could resume during the Christmas programme after returning to training following a medial ligament injury but the game will come too soon for him while keeper Craig Gordon will be sidelined for months yet by a broken arm.
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