Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks is set for a two-month injury lay-off after breaking his kneecap at West Ham United last Saturday.
The 28-year-old picked up the problem during the goalless Premier League draw at Upton Park and he will now be out of action until the New Year.
Gilks has been in fine form for the top-flight newcomers and his performances were rewarded when Scotland manager Craig Levein brought him into the national squad in August.
But his international and domestic aspirations have taken a knock with Holloway admitting he is set to undergo the surgeon's knife.
"If you can believe it, he did it taking a goal-kick but played on for 20 minutes until half-time," said Holloway.
"We knew it was sore but, gracious me, how brave is Matt? It's bad news. "He is going to have to have it wired up and pinned up to get better and it could take a couple of months.
"Such is life. Everything was rosy for him but all of a sudden – bang, welcome to the real world. But he's going to be fine. It's not life-threatening."