Liverpool defender Daniel Agger could be sidelined for a lengthy period with his calf injury, according to boss Roy Hodgson.
The 25-year-old Denmark international has not played since the 2-2 draw with Sunderland in September and Hodgson is not upbeat about any imminent return to action.
He said:"Agger is long term. They can't put a date on it.
"At the moment he can't train, he has just got to rest and wait for the next time he goes to see the specialist again.
"They are very anxious that bone doesn't form. It is a calcification issue and training would certainly accelerate the calcification.
"Now they have to wait and hope the body breaks down the calcifying elements before he can even think about training again. So it could be very long term."
Agger has made more than 100 appearances for the Reds since making his debut in January 2006.