Lille ace Dimitri Payet is set to be sidelined for four weeks after undergoing surgery on his knee.
The summer signing from St Etienne has been struggling in recent weeks, and following a scan it was decided he should go under the knife.
Lille coach Rudia Garcia confirmed the news that Payet would be sidelined.
"He has had surgery, he has been bothered by his knee," said Garcia.
"He has been bothered by it and needed strapping on it, but when he removed it he felt pain again.
"Now according the surgeon everything has gone well and at least now his head will be right knowing it is okay now."
Payet's absence looks set to give England international Joe Cole a chance to break into the first-team in the coming weeks.