Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Michael Kightly could be out for as long as two months as he faces surgery on an ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 weekend defeat by Birmingham City.
The 23-year-old has struggled to make a mark this season due to a slow recovery from hip and foot problems, but Kightly has now been hit by a fresh blow and is set to see a specialist to confirm the bad news.
Boss Mick McCarthy told the club's official website:"He's had a scan and it looks like he'll need an operation which would be six to eight weeks out.
"The way he went over and rolled his ankle apparently he's quite lucky and it could have been worse.
"We've not really had Michael at his full potential yet and Sunday was the first time we'd maybe seen that and then he picks up a new injury.
"It's really disappointing for him, because he wants to play and he thought he was somewhere at it.
"He was really down about it all on Monday, but today he's brightened up because it looks like being six to eight weeks.
"That's almost good news in terms of what could have happened."