Aston Villa's former England striker Emile Heskey could be sidelined for as long as a month after suffering a knee injury during training.
The 32-year-old frontman, who has scored three goals in his last six games, tore the medial meniscus in his right knee on Wednesday and requires surgery to correct the problem.
Villa boss Gerard Houllier is also currently without Gabriel Agbonlahor due to a groin strain, meaning that John Carew is likely to lead the attack against Fulham at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Senegal right-back Habib Beye has dismissed talk of him having sought to leave Villa Park, after struggling to make his mark since his arrival from Newcastle United just over a year ago.
He told the Express & Star:"It was not a question because I had a three-year contract. It was never a question.
"If the club asked me to leave it would be different, but it's never been a question.
"It could be because if you don't play so many games you maybe want to leave a club, but at the moment it's not a question."