Fulham striker Bobby Zamora has undergone a successful operation on the broken leg he suffered in Saturday's 2-1 victory against Wolves.
The England international suffered a broken fibula when he fell awkwardly under Karl Henry's challenge during the game at Craven Cottage.
The 29-year-old was given oxygen on the pitch and was stretchered off before being taken to hospital and manager Mark Hughes admitted it could be at least January until Zamora is back in the fold.
However, news that ligament damage was also discovered during the operation could mean that the striker faces being ruled out for longer than the initial diagnosis of four months.
Zamora, who scored 19 goals for Fulham last season, only signed a new four-year contract last Friday.
A statement on the club'sofficial website on Sunday read: "This morning, Bobby Zamora underwent an operation on the injury sustained in Saturday's match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
"The operation was viewed as successful by the surgeon and the fracture to the fibula was repaired, ligament damage was also discovered and repaired during the operation."