Queens Park Rangers have confirmed striker DJ Campbell's recovery from a foot injury is likely to take eight weeks.
The 29-year-old forward suffered a suspected broken metatarsal in a training session last Thursday but a scan revealed a fracture rather than a clean break.
Club head physio Nigel Cox has confirmed the fracture will still need an operation and it will be December before Campbell is likely to return.
"The consultant we have spoken to has advised us that the best way to deal with it is to put a pin though it," he told the club's official website.
"DJ will have surgery and will then be placed in an aircast boot for three weeks which will immobilise the foot.
"The benefit of that is it means there can be some partial weight-bearing so DJ can put weight on the foot from day one."
He added: "But for an injury of this nature you are looking at a timescale of six-to-eight weeks before the player can resume full training."