HERBIE Kane will miss Oxford United’s next three matches after the club decided not to appeal his red card at Lincoln City.

The midfielder was sent off for a high challenge on Lewis Fiorini in the 77th minute of the 2-0 defeat at Sincil Bank.

It means the Barnsley loanee is suspended for United’s next three matches, against Wycombe Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday and Gillingham.

Head coach Karl Robinson said: “We felt with the way the referee ran that game it wasn’t a red card, just an isolated incident, but to the letter of the law I don't see how you win the appeal.

"I don’t think there was any malice in it, but in the stills available he lifts his foot and there is not enough clear evidence to overturn the card under appeal.

"That’s fine, we move on, but Herbie is gutted about it and about missing the next three games.”

The U’s had already lost equally influential midfielder Cameron Brannagan to a hamstring injury late in the first half.

The 25-year-old is going for a scan today, so it is too early to say whether he will be involved at Wycombe on Saturday.

“He felt his hamstring tighten but did the right thing and got off the pitch straight away and he is going for a scan later today,” Robinson said.

“Hopefuly it’s not as bad as we first feared but let’s wait for the results and then we can just see how it settles down over the next few days.”