Coventry City midfielder Carl Baker is facing up to five weeks on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in the weekend draw with Birmingham City.
The news comes as a blow to the Sky Blues' battle for Championship survival, although the return of David Bell to training after a groin problem will help offset the loss.
The strugglers are still waiting for confirmation on the extent of Baker's injury, but the early prognosis suggests he may well miss the bulk of the remainder of the campaign.
Baker sustained the injury when setting up Gary McSheffrey for the opener in the 1-1 draw against Birmingham and was forced off not long afterwards.
"We won't know for certain until it settles down a bit later in the week but it doesn't look too clever," manager Andy Thorn told the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
"But if it is as bad as we think then it is a massive blow. He's pulled a hamstring and he could be out for four to five weeks."
Meanwhile, Coventry's finance director Gary Ambrose has resigned from his position at the Ricoh Arena due to personal reasons, with his commute from the North West to the Midlands behind the decision.
The cash-strapped club are currently under a transfer embargo which was placed on them at the start of March having failed to file their club accounts on time.