Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has been ruled out for three months after undergoing successful surgery on his ankle injury.
Bent suffered the injury during the draw with Wigan at the DW Stadium last weekend after landing awkwardly after a challenge from Antolin Alcaraz.
Scans confirmed Villa's worst fears with the player suffering ruptured ankle ligaments forcing him under the knife.
A Villa statement read: "Darren Bent underwent surgery tonight in a London clinic to repair ruptured ligaments in his left ankle.
"The operation was a complete success and it is expected that Darren will be able to resume full training in around 12 weeks."
The striker was ruled out for the rest of the season and the surgery means he is almost certain to miss this summer's Euro 2012 finals.
The news is a major blow for Bent after he was overlooked for the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads and leaves England with a major striker headache, with Wayne Rooney banned for the opening two games of the finals.