Nottingham Forest's injury woes show no sign of abating, with Lewis McGugan the latest to be struck down.
The highly-rated midfielder fractured his cheekbone in Tuesday's 4-2 defeat against Watford and is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.
The 20-year-old will require surgery in an effort to fix the problem, and will go under the knife once the swelling on his face subsides.
Once given the all-clear to resume playing duties, he will be forced to wear a protective mask for a further two months.
McGuan, who was making his first start of the season in midweek, picked up the injury in an aerial challenge with Hornets keeper Scott Roach.
His absence will now add to the selection dilemma already facing Reds boss Billy Davies, with the Scot having seen his squad decimated by injuries of late.