Struggling Arles have been dealt a blow with the news that Hameur Bouazza has sustained a knee injury.
Early reports suggest the Algeria international will be out of action for around two months as a result of the problem.
Bouazza has been a rare positive for Arles so far this season, with the step up to Ligue 1 having proven tough for the French minnows.
They will now be forced to cope without the services of their tricky winger for the foreseeable future as he readies himself for a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
The 25-year-old has revealed that he will be forced to undergo an operation in order to make a full recovery and admits that he is unlikely to be back before February.
"I think I have taken the right decision," he told skysports.com on his impending surgery.
"I wanted to wait for a bit before deciding on an operation, but it is better for me to do it now."
Bouazza has also spoken about his 2010/11 campaign so far, insisting that he is happy at Arles and remains confident the club can defy the odds and avoid the drop.
"It has been difficult for the club, we started with so many problems," he said. "But we have some good players here.
"The injury has come as a blow to me, but hopefully we can keep fighting and give ourselves a chance of staying in the top division.
"I like it here and I am happy to stick around."