Fulham manager Mark Hughes has confirmed Bobby Zamora will face at least four months on the sidelines after breaking his ankle against Wolves.
Hughes' first Premier League win as Cottagers boss was overshadowed by the unfortunate injury sustained by the England striker when he fell awkwardly under a Karl Henry challenge.
The 29-year-old was given oxygen on the pitch and was stretchered off before being taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle and Hughes admitted it could be at least January until Zamora is back in the fold.
"Unfortunately he's broken his leg just above the ankle so at the moment we think it's just the break," Hughes told Sky Sports.
"He'll have an operation tomorrow, the surgeon will look to see if there's any damage to the ligaments.
"At the moment it looks quite awful but the likelihood is that he'll be out for a minimum of four months unfortunately.
"It's a shame but I don't really lay the blame on the player (Henry). It's one of those things.
"There's always a danger if you get tackled from the side or from behind that players' legs can get trapped.
"I don't think there was any intent to hurt Bobby. You don't expect the circumstances of the injury to be the result of a challenge like that, but it can happen."
At the time Hughes' men were already 1-0 down after Jelle Van Damme struck at the far post when John Pantsil failed to deal with a Kevin Doyle cross in the 10th minute.
However, after several penalty appeals were turned down, referee Phil Dowd's decisions seemed to spur Fulham on in the second half as they dominated possession and were rewarded with a winning brace from summer signing Moussa Dembele.
"We got the ball down and played our stuff and in the end kept on knocking at the door and caused Wolves problems at times with our movement," said the ex-Manchester City boss.
"Moussa Dembele will get the headlines and rightly so because he was fantastic today but the team supported him really well.
"Some of our interplay between our midfield and the front guys was excellent and in the end we got our just rewards."