Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has been ruled out for three months due to a shoulder injury.
Given picked up the problem in the warm-up before City's Europa League draw with Aris Salonika in Greece last week.
He was not on the bench for the FA Cup success over Notts County at the weekend and visited a specialist in London earlier this week.
The Republic of Ireland international has dislocated his shoulder in the past and is unlikely to be available for City for the rest of the season.
City boss Roberto Mancini said: "Shay has this problem in his shoulder and I think he needs three months to recover.
"He has the same injury that he had last year and I think that he needs an operation.
"I am disappointed for him because we have lost a good goalkeeper.
"Last year we had the problem in the last three games because we lost him to injury and I hope this year it is not the same."
The 34-year-old has made just four appearances this term after losing the No.1 spot to Joe Hart and has not played in the Premier League since April last year.
Given had been keen to go out on loan in the January transfer window and reports have claimed the injury could mean the former Newcastle United stalwart has played his last game for City.