Swansea City have suffered a blow with the news that midfielder Kemy Agustien has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The Dutchman underwent ankle surgery last week and the hope was that he would be fit by the end of this month.
However, during the operation the extent of the injury was revealed as being more serious than first thought and the 25-year-old has been told he will not play again this term.
"It's going to be very difficult for him to play this season," said Swans boss Brendan Rodgers.
"When he was opened up and they dug deeper, they noticed some problems on the other side of his ankle.
"We are looking at eight weeks minimum, which, if it's that, it would make it difficult for him to come back before the end of the season."
Agustien is also out of contract at the end of the season, but Rodgers has assured him he will get a new deal regardless of his injury.
"As far as his contract goes, he doesn't have to worry about that," he continued.
"He is a player who has contributed well this season.
"Maybe he hasn't played as much as he would have wanted, but he is certainly going to be an important player for us going forward."
Agustien joined Swansea in 2010 from RKC Waalwijk and has started just 10 league games for the club in that time, although he did spend time on loan at Crystal Palace last year.