Aston Villa have announced that Jermaine Jenas has undergone a successful operation on his injured Achilles and will be sidelined for around six months.
The midfielder, who sealed a loan switch to Villa Park from Tottenham over the summer, went under the knife on Wednesday.
He picked up an Achilles injury during Villa's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday and it was immediately apparent that he was facing up to a lengthy spell on the treatment table.
It has now been confirmed that the England international will be out of action until well into 2012.
With a prolonged period of rehabilitation ahead of him, it is possible that Jenas will not figure again this season.
Villas boss Alex McLeish has offered his support to the stricken 28-year-old, with his hopes of making Fabio Capello's Euro 2012 squad having also gone up in smoke.
"This is tragic for Jermaine and, of course, we are all deeply disappointed for him," McLeish told the club's official website.
"To lose a player of his talent and experience is bad enough but to have never seen him play enough in a Villa shirt for our fans to appreciate the player he is, that's terrible bad luck.
"Obviously, we wish Jermaine as speedy a recovery as possible and a full recovery too.
"He has been a great professional to have at the club since he arrived on loan in August."
Jenas arrived at Villa nursing an Achilles problem and made just three appearances for the club before suffering a further setback against United.